and cons of standards
and broadly accepted standards provide an easy way of determining
if a product is beneficial and safe. They also ensure that a product
is manufactured to an acceptable level of high quality.
also have their drawbacks. They can be inflexible and force producers
to make products a certain way when other options are just as good,
sometimes better, than what a standard dictates. If adopted into
law, they become even harder to change, either to meet the demands
of the marketplace or to reflect new scientific knowledge.
can be politicized, or unduly influenced by special interests, especially
when written into laws and regulations. This can give certain producers
or health care providers a monopoly, which drives up prices and
which can make products unaffordable to those who would otherwise
have the means to buy them. In the extreme case, they can cause
a product to be removed from the market, even when it is quite safe.
This deprives consumers of the opportunity to benefit from the product
and can be financially devastating to producers who have invested
in its production.
standards provide clear benefits at little cost because they serve
an obvious need, are well-established and straightforward, are less
controversial, and are therefore easier to establish. These include
things like dissolution standards and the inclusion of lot numbers
and expiration dates on product labels.