Your Voice in Washington and Ottawa
AHAM’s government relations team proactively engages with federal political and program officials on issues that affect the products AHAM members manufacture. The relationships AHAM has built with federal officials give the industry direct access to the people and agencies who make decisions on policy and technical issues, including efficiency standards, product safety and environmental protection.
In 2018 alone, AHAM has submitted seven sets of comments to the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission and held 21 meetings or hearings with DOE, EPA and Office of Management and Budget officials and CPSC officials. Last year, AHAM staff filed 21 comments with DOE, EPA and CPSC and met 42 times with top agency officials, including White House staff.
The same process takes place in Ottawa. AHAM’s team meets regularly with NRCan, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada, as well as with provincial officials. As in the U.S., AHAM is actively engaged with government regulators and has provided submissions and comments on no less than 21 issues in 2017-18 at both the provincial and federal levels. Annually AHAM Canada members meet directly with Members of Parliament and with officials from these and other Ministries during our Parliament Day in Ottawa.
Importantly, every meeting and regulatory submission is developed by staff in partnership with AHAM members through our division councils and task forces. The credibility AHAM brings is not possible without the engagement and expert input of members. Those individuals who participate understand the importance of this partnership and understand how it multiplies the member value they receive. Several member companies participate in monthly meetings of the AHAM’s Washington Reps group, which brings together government affairs professionals to discuss issues facing the industry and meet with representatives from Congress and officials from key agencies.
AHAM’s advocacy gets results and ensures that the industry’s voice is heard on the issues that matter. From the White House to Parliament Hill, AHAM is well positioned to represent the industry with officials at the highest levels of the federal government in Canada and the U.S.
Time and again, AHAM members have benefitted from the results of AHAM’s aggressive advocacy. Here are a few examples:
- In 2015, AHAM’s swift reaction and intense member involvement stopped the Department of Energy from implementing a harmful dishwasher efficiency standard that would have greatly reduced product performance.
- AHAM has been instrumental in stalling federal cooking product standards that the Obama administration rushed to publication and is still working to stop the standards entirely.
- AHAM obtained clarifications for members on FTC labeling requirements, including the harmonization of Canadian and U.S. requirements, and achieved a workable compliance date to fit product production schedules. AHAM has also provided members with ongoing guidance on how to comply with major rule changes.
- In 2017 and 2018 AHAM met individually with all CPSC commissioners seeking engagement on counterfeit refrigerator water filters.
- When it comes time for the review of federal efficiency standards, AHAM and its members work together to assess how they’ll impact products and advocate for requirements and test procedures that make sense for the industry.
- In early 2017, after much work to get NRCan to align and harmonize the Canadian Energy Efficiency regulations with those previously promulgated by the U.S. DOE, Amendment 13 was finally published. Amendment 13 aligned Canadian efficiency standards for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and room air conditioners with U.S. standards.
- After a concerted effort to get the Canadian Energy Efficiency Act modernized and updated to provide the Minister of Natural Resources with modern regulatory rule making authority, an amended Energy Efficiency Act was passed in December 2017.