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Interest Categories

Voting members of the STP shall consist of the following interest categories (Note that not all interest categories need to be represented):


For standards establishing product requirements, a representative of a company that is engaged in the manufacture of products covered by the standard. For standards establishing requirements for the installation and/or servicing of products or systems, a representative of a company that is engaged in the installation and/or system servicing. A company which contracts out operations (such as fabrication and/or assembly for product manufacturing), but still retains some control of the overall process, (including for example, performance of such major functions as research and development, design, ownership of tools and dies, production scheduling, quality control and wholesale distribution for product manufacturing) is also considered to be a producer. A consultant or agent who represents a producer is considered a producer.

Testing and Standards Organizations

Organizations that test and/or certify products, services, or systems covered by the standard, or that develop standards/codes related to the products, services, or systems covered by the Standard.

Supply Chain

Component producers for an STP responsible for standards covering end products, or end-product producers for an STP responsible for standards covering components; and installers, distributors, and retailers. Manufacturers who have no manufacturing facilities for the products covered by the STP, but solely use contract manufacturers to make the products are considered part of the supply chain category. Wholesale or retail purchase-resellers for products made by other companies are also considered as part of the supply chain category.


Those involved in the regulation or enforcement of the requirements of codes and standards at the regional (e.g. state or province) and/or local level. The authority having jurisdiction may be a regional or local department or individual such as a fire chief; fire marshal; chief of a fire prevention bureau, state department of insurance official, labor department, or health department; building official; electrical inspector; or others having statutory authority.


Representatives from national government agencies. For U.S. representatives these may include CPSC, FDA, EPA, DOT, DOE, DOD, NIST, etc. Also, representatives of regional (e.g. state or province) or local government bodies that do not fall under the category of AHJ.


Consumer organizations, consumer departments at universities, home economic departments at universities, professional consumers, individuals who use the product or service as part of their livelihood and are not eligible for STP membership under another interest category.

General Interest

Consultants, members of academia, scientists, special experts, representatives of professional societies, representatives of trade associations, representatives of non-governmental organizations, representatives of companies that only private-brand label products (made by another manufacturer) covered by the STP, and other individuals that are not covered by the other participation categories.

Commercial / Industrial Users

Organizations that use the product, system, or service covered by the applicable standards under the STP in a commercial or industrial setting. Examples include a restaurant owner/operator serving on an STP for commercial cooking equipment, or a gas station owner/operator serving on an STP for flammable liquid storage tanks. Representative of organizations that produce products, systems, or services covered by the standard, whose organization also use the product, systems, or services, are not eligible for STP membership under this category.

International Delegate

Individual representing a National Standards Body outside of the United States (e.g. JISC, DIN, BSI). This person is designated by the National Standards Body and approved by the STP Chair. A National Standards Body can only have one International Delegate per STP. An International Delegate will be granted non-voting status if the International Delegate's base Company or Organization is already on the STP. ***

***If interested in this category, contact Deborah Prince at