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Voluntary Standards: In The Public Interest?

Are voluntary safety standards in the public interest? It depends on a number of factors. Controversies arise when the agreed-to standard unnecessarily or unfairly favors one technology or one manufacturer or one type of product. The critical issue then becomes how open and inclusive the standards writing process is, and how well it reflects the true needs of the marketplace, rather than a single narrow commercial interest.