"Having a voice" is a key benefit of membership. This benefit is often exercised in voting rights, particularly when the issue involves a product standard. Developing standards is a central purpose of PGMA, and only members can participate in that critically important process.

Definition of a Standard
A standard defines the product, material, process, or procedure with reference to one or more of the following: nomenclature, composition, construction, dimensions, tolerance, safety, operating characteristics, performance, quality, rating, testing, and service for which it is designed.

Purpose of a Standard
Standards are adopted by PGMA in the public interest and are designed to eliminate misunderstandings between the manufacturer and the purchaser, and to assist the purchaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for a particular need. The existence of standards does not preclude any member from manufacturing or selling products not conforming to the standards.

Adoption of Standards
A standard is approved by an affirmative vote of at least 66-2/3 percent or two-thirds of the members of the board of directors. Each member company has one person who sits on the board of directors.

Voting on standards is limited to the members whose scope of business includes the product or products covered by such standards.
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