Managing the Threat. Codes, standards, and regulatory groups can pose a serious threat to your industry by imposing manufacturing, installation, environmental, safety, or product performance standards on your industry’s products. Thomas Associates excels in helping associations address this threat.
Thomas Is Technical. Most association management firms routinely handle association meetings, trade shows, and publications, but the depth of our engineering and technical expertise is rare in the association management world.
Project Basis. Thomas Associates also provides our technical services on a project basis to handle your group’s important technical functions involving codes, standards, and regulatory work.
Our Technical Department, managed by an experienced Professional Engineer (P.E.) with a Ph.D., is immersed daily in codes, standards, research, testing, and regulatory activities. This includes working with the model code organization ICC, state code regulatory bodies throughout the U.S., standards organizations such as AISI, AISC, ANSI, ASHRAE, ASME, ASTM, NFPA, NFRC, and UL, and regulatory agencies including CPSC, DOE, the FCC, and OSHA.
ANSI Experts. Several of our clients are ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDO). We handle the periodic ANSI audits of the processes, ensuring that the proper procedures are followed to comply with ANSI requirements. We not only handle audits, but more importantly manage the ANSI consensus process for the development of new and revised American National Standards.
International Standards. We participate in developing and administering ISO and IEC international standards. We serve as the Administrator for several U.S. Technical Advisory Groups, which develop the U.S. position on relevant international standards. Accordingly, we work with corresponding bodies of other countries to resolve differing opinions, achieve consensus, and harmonize standards for member companies. We also serve as the Secretariat for an IEC Technical Committee, administering the IEC process for the development of international safety standards, which are then adopted in the United States as well as many other countries.
We represent industry on several UL and CSA Technical Harmonization Committees (THCs), UL Standards Technical Panels (STPs), as well as serving on consensus bodies of other ANSI Standards Developing Organizations.
If you would like us to provide a proposal for technical services, please complete the form on our Submit an RFP page.