The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) announced on October 25th, 2015 that it has initiated the process of revising the voluntary corded window covering safety standard. The update to the standard will be done in strict accordance with the internationally-respected American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process and will be the seventh revision of the standard since 1996. “The current U.S. standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2012, last updated in 2012, is already the most stringent in the world,” said WCMA Executive Ralph Vasami. “However, we have pledged to constantly reexamine the standard to ensure that window covering products are on the leading edge of safety and quality, and the industry wants to continue to incorporate ongoing innovation and new product development in order to make its products as safe and up to date as possible.” The revisions to the standard will be done in accordance with the ANSI essential requirements, which mandate an open and balanced process with public review opportunities. The process will require assembling a consensus body (the canvass group), accepting proposals, developing a draft standard, submitting the draft standard to the canvass group for ballot and comment, addressing the comments received, re-balloting, a public review period and then finally achieving approval of the standard.
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