Federal Government and Voluntary Consensus Standards (OMB A-119 & NTTAA)


The US Department of Commerce estimates that standards and conformity assessment impact more than 80% of global commodity trade . From design and manufacturing to distribution and marketing, virtually all products and services are affected by standardization at some point. The US government relies heavily on voluntary consensus standards as the basis for regulation. Gain an understanding of the legal basis for federal agencies’ use of voluntary consensus standards through an examination of OMB Circular A-119 and the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define voluntary consensus standards
  • Differentiate between voluntary consensus standards and other types of standards
  • Explain the US Government’s reliance on voluntary consensus standards
  • Describe OMB Circular A-119 and NTTAA and how they relate to voluntary consensus standards
  • Identify examples of agency use of voluntary consensus standards

Target Audience

This course is relevant to multiple roles and levels including but not limited to:

  • Compliance Staff
  • Product Design
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • New Hire Engineers
  • Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) Staff
  • Any role responsible for distributing safe products in global markets
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Time Requirement


Web-Based 30 minutes $50.00

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