ARI and Mexico to work together for harmonization of HVACR standards

By Plant Engineering Staff October 13, 2006

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and Mexico’s electrical standards development agency, the Associación de Normalización y Certificación have agreed to work together on the development of HVACR industry standards.

The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony held recently in Mexico City. The MOU recognizes their shared interests in advancing the harmonization of ARI and Mexican HVACR standards and international and regional standards in general. As part of its global trade efforts, ARI has signed similar agreements with China and Korea.

“Ultimately, more harmonized standards will improve the efficiency of HVACR equipment and facilitate the free flow of international trade,” said Deborah Hawkins, chairman of ARI. “In signing this agreement, ARI and ANCE will make all efforts to work closely together to make sure HVACR standards are developed that benefit the global HVACR industry.”

Objectives in the plan include:

  • Advancing the harmonization of ARI and Mexican HVACR standards and international and regional standards in general.

  • Promoting the knowledge of the standards development activities of each organization and the interpretation of standards.

  • Supporting mutual promotion of relevant standards and certification programs where appropriate.

  • Encouraging communication and information exchange between the two organizations.

  • Avoiding duplication of work efforts where possible.

    • Readers can view the full agreement by logging onto www.ari.org.