A. SCOPE AND AUTHORITY
The Board of Directors of SMACNA Testing & Research Institute (Institute) assumes broad authority to carry out its functions including:
To carry out these functions, the Board of Directors assumes the following scope:
The Board of Directors approves all Verification Programs, recommends the development of Verification Programs, continually reviews current Verification Programs and suggests such changes and improvements in the administration procedure as will increase the value of the Programs to the industry and to the public.
B. POSITION ON DEVELOPMENT OF VERIFICATION PROGRAMS
It is the belief of the Board of Directors of the Institute that buyers of sheet metal components or products are entitled to components or products designed and built in compliance with proper industry standards.
The Board of Directors is fully aware that verification programs place an immediate and additional expense on the participants, but it feels very strongly, where there is a demonstrated need:
First - That, with care and forethought, a Verification Program can be developed and administered at a justifiable cost.
Second - That resulting increased public acceptance of industry products, recognition and improvement of our industry status and consequent improvement in quality would be a great and possible total offset to such added costs.
The dual purposes of the Institute Verification Program are to assure buyers that sheet metal products or systems meet identified and credible standards and, therefore, enhance buyer confidence in the performance of participating firms and to encourage fair competition in the market.
An important operation objective is to make each verification program sufficiently effective and credible that buyers will request Institute verification when making purchasing decisions.
The Board of Directors emphasizes that it considers Verification Programs only as a means of increasing industry use and public recognition of industry standards, and not as an end in themselves.
Moreover, the Board of Directors believes that, in order to accomplish this objective, any Verification Program must be of sufficient strength to enlist maximum participation and public confidence.
The Board of Directors believes that Verification Programs should primarily be directed at enduser satisfaction and should be developed whenever cost/benefit is justified. The customer is the person making the buying decision.
The Board of Directors will operate on the basis of Institute Policy which is detailed in the next section.
C. INSTITUTE POLICY ON VERIFICATION PROGRAMS
Should a new or revised verification program require capital expenditures which a testing laboratory could not reasonably be expected to finance at its own risk, a proposal by the testing laboratory for Institute assistance in funding facility and equipment expenses may be considered. The following rules and guidelines will apply in such cases:
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