January 19, 2021

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Weekly COVID-19 Update: New Guidance Addresses Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure, Recommendations for Communities of Faith Buildings, and an Analysis of Building Survey Results 

The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health, safety, and infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • ASHRAE's New Guidance Addresses Control of Airborne Aerosol Exposure, Provides Recommendations for Communities of Faith Buildings   
  • ICC Releases Analysis and Building Findings on Survey and COVID-19 

Register for the U.S.-Nigeria Digital Connectivity and Security Standards Workshop on January 26-27

ANSI encourages relevant stakeholders to register for the upcoming U.S.–Nigeria Digital Connectivity and Security Standards Workshop. ANSI is coordinating the two-day hybrid event under the USTDA-sponsored U.S.– Africa Information and Communication Technology Standards Program, which is designed to share ICT standards information and international best practices with government officials and industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, and facilitate engagement with the U.S. public and private sectors.

Assistance Dogs: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Activity

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ANSI is seeking comments on a proposal for a new ISO technical committee to focus on assistance dogs. Input is requested by February 26, 2021.

Workcred Launches Blog Series: Understanding Successful Career Pathways with Certification and Education Data 

With the emergence of many different types of credentials in the marketplace, determining the return on investment of certifications or certificates can be a challenge. In its ongoing effort to educate the public about how data can provide information about the value of credentials in the labor market, Workcred has launched a new blog series.

ANSI Member Updates

Keep current with news bites from ANSI members (submissions are welcome!), including free resources and recent achievements of interest to the broader standardization community. See the newest updates from ASSP, ACMA, NEMA, and more...



Standards Spotlight

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This week’s Federal Register notices of potential interest …

Standards Related Notices from the U.S. Federal Register, January 11-15, 2021 

Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993

Standards Action, January 15, 2021

ANSI’s key public review vehicle enables effective participation in the standards development process.

ANSI Annual Report 2019-2020

Released during World Standards Week 2020, the report details key ANSI and affiliate initiatives over the past year, as well as activities on the horizon. 

United States Standards Strategy (USSS)

Updated in 2020, the United States Standards Strategy provides a vision for the future of the U.S. standards system to support U.S. competitiveness, innovation, health and safety, and global trade.

United States Conformity Assessment Principles (USCAP)

The United States Conformity Assessment Principles articulates how U.S. conformity assessment activities foster confidence while avoiding the creation of unnecessary barriers to trade.

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