Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Premier Rides President Jim Seay Testifies Before Congressional Committee

Baltimore, MD, USA — With the rise of global competition and innovation, regulatory standards on safety and quality assurance play an increasingly significant role in international trade. On Wednesday, February 29th, Premier Rides President and ASTM Committee F24 Chairman Jim Seay testified before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. The hearing, entitled Promoting Innovation, Competition, and Economic Growth: Principles for Effective Domestic and International Standards Development was held to assess the effectiveness of the U.S. standards system by:

  • examining the principles of an effective standards development process
  • analyzing how the Federal Government and industries promote those principles internationally, and
  • understanding how standards can be employed as technical barriers to trade

Seay served on the panel of witnesses, focusing primarily on how small and midsized businesses can contribute to the domestic and global development of standards, benefit from the use of global standards, and how government, businesses, and organizations can minimize vulnerabilities to the use of standards as technical barriers of trade.

In his testimony, Seay emphasized the benefits of public and private collaboration in the development of voluntary consensus standards. As the owner of an innovative small business, he discussed the ability of international standards body ASTM to provide an open and transparent forum “where the voice and expertise of all stakeholders — including those from small businesses and consumer groups — contribute directly to the development of international standards that are grounded in technical quality and market relevance.”

As the congressional discussion turned to the standards policies of the United States and its global trade partners, Seay recommended that countries and regions strive to embrace the international standards criteria established by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to recognize the flexibility to chose from a broad portfolio of international standards that includes those of ASTM International. “For the amusement industry and others, ASTM standards are utilized around the world in support of regulatory and business objectives because they meet WTO criteria, have multinational involvement in their development, and they have global reach in their application. Barriers to their acceptance often result in expensive and time consuming efforts to develop duplicative and potentially conflicting standards,” concluded Seay.

More information concerning the hearing is available at the webpage of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology at: http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-technology-and-innovation-hearing-promoting-innovation-competition-economic.

Premier Rides is best known for its high-tech magnetic launch roller coasters. The company is also a global supplier of traditional roller coasters, observation wheels, towers, water rides and custom designed attractions. Premier’s service division offers engineering support, complete ride and train rehab, and it maintains and offers spare parts supply on a 24-hour emergency basis. The company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and has additional U.S., European, and Asian offices.  www.premier-rides.com


ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world and is a trusted source for the technical standards of materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy. Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 120 countries. Participation in ASTM International is open to all with a material interest, anywhere in the world. The F24 Committee, with current membership of over 500 global members, currently has jurisdiction over 17 standards which are published in multiple languages in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. These standards continue to play a preeminent role in all safety aspects important to amusement rides and devices.
Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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