The American Standards Institute is an independent, non-profit organization. Its purpose is to improve the quality and safety of fireworks distributed and used in the US market. The services provided by American Standard include:
Until December 2011, the American Standards Institute tested more than 75 million boxes of consumer fireworks for US members. American Standards provides manufacturers and US importers with unique independent third-party testing and certification services to ensure that their products meet the latest US technical requirements for fireworks. Through the rigorous testing of voluntary standards and rigorous testing in accordance with standards, American Standards ensures compliance with mandatory requirements for the establishment of consumer fireworks by the US Consumer Council (CPSC) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition, in 2011, the American Standards Institute established voluntary standards and certification programs for professional fireworks. These include technical performance and labeling standards to ensure the safety of the transport of these products. Through a complex network covering the entire Chinese fireworks market, American Standards provides its services to every manufacturer that supplies fireworks to the US market.
American Standards members account for 85% to 90% of all fireworks importers in the United States. American Standard is a unique entity in the field of consumer product security. It has repeatedly been followed by US regulators as an example, saying that other industries should work with Chinese manufacturers in the same way as American Standards to ensure that products shipped to the US meet both mandatory and voluntary standards.
2. Main person in charge
John Rogers is the Executive Director of the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL), Bethesda, Maryland. His primary focus is developing policies and procedures and implementing AFSL’s Testing and Certification Program for Consumer Fireworks, and more recently for AFSL’s Display Fireworks program. Prior to joining AFSL in 1992, John was a Supervisory Compliance Officer for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) where his primary responsibilities included developing and managing CPSC’s Fireworks Enforcement Program. John was one of the original “Shekou Six”, a group of industry representatives that organized the first meetings of CPSC, U.S. importers, and Chinese manufacturers to improve fireworks quality and safety, which ultimately led to the establishment of AFSL. John serves as Chairman of the AFSL Standards Committees for both Consumer and Display Fireworks. He is also a member of the NFPA Committee on Pyrotechnics.
William Zhou is the China Operations Manager for AFSL. He has been invovled in AFSL China Fireworks QIP since 1992 for about 20 years. Before William joined AFSL in 2005, he was the Program Manager of Intertek Testing Services Fireworks Inspection Division. He managed the team of fireworks testing technicians in China that tested fireworks for AFSL. Prior to his work in the fireworks industry, William worked with SGS Labs in the toys industry.
3. How to become a member of American Standards:
Apply to their website and pay a fee.