As the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) went about the work of devising regulations to implement the Fastener Quality Act, it realized that the law covered far more than the 1 percent of industrial fasteners cited in a Senate report on the original House bill.
In late July, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee sponsored an oversight hearing on the Fastener Quality Act to determine what the issues are--how many fasteners would be covered and at what cost--and to explore solutions.
Taiwan in particular has been very responsive to the hearings that produced the Fastener Quality Act
and Public Law 101-592," said Schonholtz.
Recent changes to military specifications (Mil-S-8879), the Fastener Quality Act
(PL101-592), and the implementation of vendor quality programs by large users of fasteners all place increasingly costly inspection requirements on manufacturers, distributors, and users.
In response to the wave of shady dealings, Congress has passed the Fastener Quality Act
and ASME has initiated the Fastener Accreditation Program.
The Fastener Quality Act
(Public Law 101-592) will soon change the way the fastener industry and its customers do business.