Voluntary standard

Generally established by private-sector bodies and made available for use by any person or organization, private or government. The term includes what are commonly referred to as “industry standards” as well as “consensus standards.” A voluntary standard may become mandatory as a result of its use, reference, or adoption by a regulatory authority, or when invoked in contracts, purchase orders, or other commercial instruments.REFERENCE. American National Standards Institute ANSI “”Standards Management: A Handbook for Profit””

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