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Did You Know?

New York, Feb 06, 2009

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

IEC and IAF Formalize their Ties with Memorandum of Understanding
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their mutual cooperation.

The IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) and the three IEC Conformity Assessment Systems - IECEE, IECEx and IECQ - have long been collaborating with IAF on technical and administrative issues.

A stricter cooperation between IAF and the IEC/CAB will bring greater efficiency in all conformity assessment activities and help maximize the harmony in technical evaluations conducted by both organizations.

ISO 28219 Set to Improve Machine-Readable Product Marking
With product labeling and marking being employed worldwide, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published ISO 28219:2009, Packaging – Labeling and direct product marking with linear bar code and two-dimensional symbols, in an effort to increase efficiency and uniformity in this field.

Enabling users to draw maximum benefits from common markings, such as bar codes, the international standard:

  • defines minimum requirements for identifying items;
  • provides guidelines for item marking;
  • covers both label and direct marking;
  • includes testing procedures for labels and mark durability; and
  • provides guidance for the formatting of data.
ISO 28219:2009 was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 122, Packaging. The ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to TC 122 is Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

American Society of Civil Engineers Assigns D Grade to Nation's Infrastructure
Assigning a D grade to the national infrastructure, a report published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - an ANSI member and accredited standards developer – warns that $2.2 trillion are urgently needed to perform repairs and upgrades.

With the nation's infrastructure appearing as a priority in the new Administration’s economic stimulus package, the 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure seeks to offer informed guidance from engineers on where funds could best be spent.

For more information on the Report Card, please check ASCE’s website.

ASC X12 to Host Webinar Series on Enhanced 005010 Transactions
Throughout the month of February, Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 - an ANSI member and accredited standards developer - will host a webinar series to prepare organizations for the mandated adoption of ASC X12 Version 005010 transactions enhancements standard. [see related article]

The six-part webinar will cover: examples of how the implementation of the standard addresses industry-requested requirements, identification of changes across all affected transactions, business justification for solutions recommended by the standard, and details on 005010 improvements in respect to Version 004010.

For additional information, please visit ASC X12 online.

International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

IKECA’s scope of activity will cover standards for the inspection, cleaning and maintenance of commercial kitchen exhaust systems, plus related mechanical components and building materials, for purposes of cleanliness, proper system operation and fire safety.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Glenn Fellman, executive vice president, IKECA (telephone: 301.230.0099;

ANSI Focus on Services Standards