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In order to help grow the understanding and reputation of our industry, RIC is developing an American National Standard for the process of remanufacturing under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
This standard will define and provide a benchmark for remanufacturing and establish technical specifications that characterize the remanufacturing process and differentiate it from other practices.
We believe that the standard will promote continual improvement in the remanufacturing process and ensure that the products provided to customers by members of the remanufacturing industry are dependable and of a consistent high quality.
To participate in the process of developing this important standard, you may apply to serve as a member of the Consensus Body (CB). The CB will be responsible for reviewing the draft standard and providing input on its content. The document attached below provides more information on the process and includes the application form that must be received by January 30, 2015 to be considered for CB membership.
Our ANSI-approved procedures require us to balance CB membership across the many different remanufacturing industry sectors, so we may not be able to select your application. However, you still will have an opportunity to participate in the review of the standard during the public review process.
If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact RIC’s Executive Director using the information listed elsewhere on this page.
Download the Consensus Body Interest Survey: Interest Survey for RIC Consensus Body
Remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition and warranted in performance level and quality.
Remanufacturing is not the same as “recycling” or “repairing”.
Some of the most commonly remanufactured product categories are:
The US is the world’s largest producer, consumer and exporter of remanufactured products. In its 2012 report, the U.S. International Trade Commission estimated that that the value of US remanufactured production had reached $43 billion by 2011, supporting approximately 180,000 full-time jobs (Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Markets, and Trade. U.S. International Trade Commission, October 2012).
While the United States and Europe have accounted for the bulk of remanufacturing activities and associated trade for many years, other countries have been rapidly developing their own remanufacturing industries.
A lack of awareness of remanufacturing and its benefits by dealers, customers and policymakers remains a major obstacle to growth of the industry.
Some of the benefits of remanufacturing include: