Most of the products and services used in industry, commerce, and highly critical and hazardous fields such as those associated with the nuclear enterprise must and do rely on commercial grade items and services to achieve fruition. The ASME has established criteria within the ASME Standards for competent review, testing, selection and utilization of such commercial items and services. Since these items and services are essential for achieving the requirements for function, operation and safety understanding and utilization of these Standards and similar codes and regulations is a requirement for U.S. industry.

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