The Authority on Appliance Standards

Standards-development organizations in the U.S., Canada and around the world look to AHAM when they are creating or updating appliance efficiency, safety and performance standards. AHAM’s positions are driven by the input of their members, who work together to develop industry consensus positions.

AHAM is also an accredited Standards Development Organization and has published 21 performance testing standards for major and portable appliances. AHAM’s performance standards are the go-to standards for manufacturers and influential policy organizations. The U.S. Department of Energy uses them as a reference on appliance energy requirements. While AHAM standards are North American standards, they have often been used as a basis for global standards development as well. Teams of AHAM members regularly review AHAM performance standards to ensure they reflect the latest developments and innovations regularly review AHAM performance standards.

By participating in the development and revision of AHAM performance standards, companies gain valuable insight about product performance. AHAM members who take part in the process can ensure that standards keep pace with their own products’ needs.

AHAM also authors product sustainability standards which enable manufacturers, retailers and consumers to compare home appliances on the most important sustainability aspects. AHAM sustainability standards, like AHAM performance test standards are approved national consensus standards either by the American National Standards Institute, the Standards Council of Canada, or both.

"It is important to stay informed of upcoming regulations and standards changes out in the industry, and provide a collective voice in the lobbying of such changes. AHAM provides that voice. AHAM also drives standards development, improved product safety, energy efficiency, and environmental and sustainability efforts. As an appliance manufacturer, becoming an AHAM member was an easy decision."

Ivo Marrachinho, Newell Brands. Sr. Regulatory & Compliance Specialist