The Coast Guard has been active in the development of consensus standards for the past
30 years. Since 1968, the Coast Guard has adopted over 250 industry consensus
standards into regulations in an effort to reduce the government's regulatory role and
minimize the cost of compliance with the regulations. Currently, the Coast Guard
participates actively in more than 60 standards- making committees of at least 12
different non-government organizations and technical professional societies. Adopting
standards by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) keeps the regulations
on the leading edge of technological advancement and incorporates a flexibility into the
CFR which facilitates both compliance and maintenance. Adopted standards also help
promote competitiveness by ensuring that products are produced to a certain minimum
quality and will perform to expectations.
Promoting the development of standards can maximize Coast Guard resources and
increase the knowledge base through active participation and cooperative exchanges of
information with industry leaders. This includes catalyzing the formation of committees
to develop standards where none exist and providing the leadership for effective
participation by all interests to develop and set necessary standards.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.. The following goals and objectives will enable us to achieve
Develop a comprehensive set of internationally recognized standards through
active participation in IMO and other international standards making
organizations such as ISO and IEC, by:
Enhancing our leadership role as representatives of the U.S. at IMO in order to
assure effective use of international agreed standards.
Establishing a leadership role as representatives of the U.S. at international
standards making organizations, such as ISO and IEC, in order to assure
development of internationally agreed standards; filling key positions with Coast
Guard or other U.S. representatives when appropriate.
Developing standards that can be referenced in international treaties, such as
SOLAS, thereby reducing the use of phrases such as "to the satisfaction of the