The International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturer Associations (IRHMA) was cofounded by the United States, the EU, China, Japan and Mexico after a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives from these five countries at the founding conference in Brussels on February 18, 2014.
By the end of 2014, IRHMA has a membership of 7, including Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) of the United States, the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED), China Household Electrical Appliance Association (CHEAA), the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA) and Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers of Mexico (ANFAD, an abbreviation from its Spanish name Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Aparatos Domésticos), Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association (CESA) of Australia, and Korea Electronics Association (KEA), among which AHAM, CECED, CHEAA, JEMA and ANFAD are the founding members.
IRHMA members discussed globally concerned issues regarding consumer, environment, and innovation amid highly globalized market, and advocated the following ones:
Clear, informative product labels, guiding consumers to choose environmentally sound products.
Safety standards on product safety, convenience, and efficiency.
Market supervision, to win consumers' trust.
Consistent policies and standards on smart home appliances for the benefit of consumers.
Power grid efficiency.
IRHMA, with a steering committee and a working group, runs by rules made in the memorandum of understanding signed by founding members on February 18, 2014. The steering committee, as the decision-making body of IRHMA, has an annual meeting hosted by its members in turn. It is responsible for issues including making annual work list, setting up working groups, verifying and approving member applications, managing expenses and its sharing. A decision is made only when it is unanimously approved at the committee meeting, where only one representative is allowed from each member, and only one vote is counted from each member. At the working group, every issue discussed comes with a report, which is responsible by one specially assigned representative. Each working team has one or more qualified representatives or experts from each member, and it requires at least one representative assigned by each member to be responsible for a certain issue.
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