The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has announced the
withdrawal of the Canadian National Standard CAN/CGSB 12.5-M86
Mirrors, Silvered, saying it is no longer compliant with the requirements
for a National Standard of Canada as established by the Standards
Council of Canada (SCC). The standard had not been updated since
it was published in August 1986. In light of the withdrawal, the
Glass Association of North America (GANA) is encouraging Canadian
mirror manufacturers to reference ASTM C 1503-01, Standard Specification
for Silvered Flat Glass Mirrors, and hopeful that the CGSB will
recognize the standard as well.
Last November Canadian mirror manufacturers had discussed funding
that would be required for CGSB administrative cost to review
and update the standard. Participants, however, could not foresee
funding being available for the effort.
"Canadian mirror manufacturers felt the CAN/CGSB 12.5-M86
standard was out of date, irrelevant and not well recognized or
widely used in the industry," said Lee Harrison, president
of Walker Glass Co. Ltd. of Montreal, and chairperson of the GANA
mirror division's Canadian standards committee. "Faced with
an outdated standard and prohibitive administrative cost to update
the original Canadian document, Canadian mirror manufacturers
voted to adopt the recently published ASTM International document
Canadian mirror manufacturers were involved in
the development of the ASTM standard and we agreed that adoption
of the new standard was the best alternative for consumers, our
customers and the mirror industry."
GANA is now hopeful that the CGSB will now begin referencing
the ASTM standard as well.
To learn more about ASTM C 1503-01 visit the GANA mirror division's
website, www.mirrorlink.org or ASTM International's, www.astm.org.