The International Committee acts as an advisory Committee reporting to the Board of Directors. The Committee’s primary focus is to support the expansion of international opportunities for AHRI member companies by promoting the use of AHRI standards and certification programs and beneficial trade policies. The Committee also monitors and informs the Government Affairs Committee about policies and laws developed by governments or international bodies outside of North America that impact industry. To support the International Committee, AHRI has eight Regional Working Groups, currently covering the following geographic areas: Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, the Middle East, and Russia. The primary objective of the Working Groups, which are typically populated by 4-8 member company representatives, is to serve as an advisory group to AHRI’s International Committee, providing valuable insight and guidance to staff on standards, certification, and policy challenges.