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Introduction to Codes and Standards

What are codes and standards? Where do they come from? How are they made? This module provides essential background information designed to introduce students to the world of voluntary codes and standards. It can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as a supplement or introduction to one of the other course modules. These materials have been prepared by Cary Coglianese, the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Program on Regulation.

Applicable courses: Any course where the instructor is introducing students to voluntary codes and standards.


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In addition to the above sources, several symposia have featured extensive discussion of issues and exchange of ideas related to voluntary codes and standards, including:

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