ASME’s approach to standards development for piping codes recognizes the important role of technically relevant standards in advancing the commercialization of new technology, enhancing consumer confidence, and protecting public health and safety. ASME standards are developed in a collaborative, voluntary consensus environment that can support the development of government regulations. Research and development (R&D) projects are underway that strive to bridge the gaps between technology advancement and standards development. ASME’s involvement in R&D projects helps produce results that respond to the needs of voluntary consensus committees in developing technically relevant codes and standards. ASME identifies and prioritizes R&D needs to help focus the use of limited resources in these priority areas. Collaboration in R&D projects helps to minimize individual investment while maximizing benefits.

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