FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Leo Cyr
WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2007) – The National Glass Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (BSR/NGA R1.1-2007) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The NGA served as the Secretariat for ROLAGS development. The NGA is a certified ANSI standards writing body that operates under guidelines, NGA Procedures for Standards Developing Committees (SDC) to Develop & Maintain Standards approved by ANSI. The NGA does not control the making of standards but, rather, is a 'certified host' to a gathering of industry experts who, together, decide on a consensus approach to an issue—in this case windshield repair.
All ANSI standards are developed by “balanced” Standards Development Committees (SDC) populated by representatives from every company, association or individual with a material interest in the proceedings that responds to a public invitation to participate. The ROLAGS SDC is a perfect example of such a “balanced” committee since it enjoyed the participation of windshield repair system manufacturers, glass manufacturers, windshield repair and replacement retail practitioners, trade associations and other "interested parties".
Invitations were extended to government agencies and insurance companies to participate in ROLAGS but all were declined. The collective rationale expressed by these parties was the creation of a standard for windshield repair should be left to windshield repair experts.
ROLAGS is the result of nearly three years of SDC meetings attended by windshield repair experts with a cumulative resume of hundreds of years of experience and tens of thousands of actual windshield repairs. Their work represents a body of knowledge backed by their research and the application of that research to the marketplace.
The National Glass Association wishes to express its appreciation to the National Windshield Repair Association and the Independent Glass Association for their participation in ROLAGS Development.
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