Crossbow industry to set standards
Crossbow Industry To Set Standards
As interest in crossbow hunting continues to rapidly expand across North America at an unprecedented rate, manufacturers continue to push the engineering envelope to produce the fastest, lightest, narrowest, and most powerful crossbows the world has ever known. As additional states and Providences lessen their restrictions on the use of horizontal archery equipment, it’s imperative that safety and ethics become the leading force of the crossbow movement.
Recently the North American Crossbow Federation (NACF) announced the formation of a standards committee to develop an American National Standard (ANS) on criteria for evaluation of crossbow designs under conditions of reasonably foreseeable use and abuse by users. The development of the standard will follow consensus procedures authored by the NACF and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The ANSI coordinates, facilitates, and promotes the development of voluntary consensus standards that are relied upon by industry, government agencies, and consumers across the United States and around the world. ANSI also accredits organizations, such as the NACF, to develop standards under procedures meeting ANSI Essential Requirements.
According to Merle Shepard of the NACF, the NACF achieved accreditation from ANSI as a standards developer in order to pursue the development of voluntary standards that provide the crossbow designer and manufacturer with recommendations for test procedures to evaluate the safety and performance of crossbows. He further said, this is the first standard NACF will develop under its new procedures. We are all looking forward to working as an industry to improve crossbow function and safety.
The NACF now has in place the required ANSI mandated balance of consensus committee members. Five NACF manufacturer members and ten consensus committee members make up the consensus committee of which yours truly is one of. Consensus is established when, in the judgment of the ANSI Board of Standards Review, substantial agreement has been reached by directly and materially affected interests. Substantial agreement means much more than simple majority, but not necessarily unanimity. Consensus requires that all views and objections be considered and that a concerted effort be made toward their resolution.
An American National Standard will imply a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. The data presented in ANSI/NACF Standard Committee is directed solely to the needs and interest of commercial manufacturers of crossbows. It does not provide techniques or specifications for design or manufacturing nor does it imply that crossbows not meeting this standard are necessarily unsafe.
Approval of an American National Standard requires verification by ANSI that the requirements for due process, consensus, and other criteria for approval have been met by the standards developer. In order to comply with the voluntary standard or a portion thereof, a crossbow must perform in such a manner as to meet the minimum acceptable test result for the subject mechanism.
Several Standard Committee meetings have already been held in 2018 as well as the annual NACF meeting held at the Archery Trade Association Show in Indianapolis earlier this year.
The North American Crossbow Federation (NACF) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate for the safe use of crossbows for recreation and as a legal hunting tool for any licensed hunter during all seasons in which archery equipment is permitted.
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