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Did You Know?

New York, May 04, 2007

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.

ANSI Members help Clinton Presidential Library to Go Green
ANSI member and accredited standards developer Leonardo Academy has been selected by the Clinton Foundation to manage the LEED for Existing Building (LEED-EB) certification process and greening of operations at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-driven rating system standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), another ANSI-accredited standards developer. The LEED rating system credits building projects for meeting specified criteria within certain environmental categories, such as water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, and indoor environmental quality.

Under the initiative, Leonardo Academy will help the Clinton Library achieve its goal of earning platinum certification, LEED’s highest ranking. Continuous improvements and periodic re-certification of green operations will continue for the rest of the life of the building.

As a contractor to the USGBC, Leonardo Academy supports the LEED-EB program by assessing certification and implementing the LEED rating system, and providing educational services relating to building sustainability. For more information on the greening of the Clinton Presidential Library, please click here.

IEEE Releases Roadmap for Nanoelectronics Standards Development
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has released its Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap, a framework designed to jump start standards development for nanoelectronics and speed the transition of promising applications from the laboratory to market. With a focus on standards for materials and devices that promise to yield the highest value in the near-term, the roadmap also anticipates standards that are likely to be needed at higher levels of integration.

Interested parties may review and comment on the document. A town-hall style meeting will be held May 22 at the NSTI Nanotech 2007 Conference in Santa Clara, California. The meeting will seek input on how well the roadmap anticipates the nanoelectronics environment, additional areas to be addressed, and ways in which the document can be made more useful. For details, click here.

Call for Participation in new U.S. TAG Activities

  • Project Management
    ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC) recently approved the accreditation of a U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Project Committee 236, Project Management, and the appointment of the Project Management Institute (PMI) to serve as TAG Administrator. Under PMI’s leadership, the U.S. TAG will develop U.S. positions relative to this field of activity.

    Individuals wishing to participate in this U.S. TAG may contact Eddie Robertson, PMI standards compliance specialist at

  • Psychological Assessment
    The ANSI ExSC has appointed the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) to serve as TAG Administrator of a newly accredited U.S. TAG to ISO Project Committee 230, Psychological Assessment. A non-profit organization representing providers of tests, assessment tools, and related services, ATP works to raise awareness of the benefits of professionally developed and properly administered tests.

    For more information, please contact William G. Harris at

New Accreditations

  • Engineered Wood Association Earns ANSI Accreditation
    The APA-The Engineered Wood Association recently earned approval as an ANSI-accredited standards developer. The designation marks an important milestone in APA's ongoing efforts to advance engineered wood industry interests in the building codes and standards arena. Standards to be developed by APA will promote knowledge, research, and development of manufacturing specifications, design methodologies, and construction practices for a wide range of wood products.

  • American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
    The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) was recently confirmed as an ANSI-accredited standards developer. AARST is a professional organization of members dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and ethical performance of radon measurement, radon mitigation and transfer of information for the public benefit.

Other Member News

  • American Type Culture Collection Seeks Accreditation
    The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), an ANSI member since December 2006, is seeking ANSI accreditation as a developer in the area of biomaterials. The first topics to be tackled by ATCC will include material and process standards required for bacteria used in biodefense research and product development. A copy of ATCC’s proposed operating procedures is available here.

    In addition, AATC is planning an “Expert Forum on the Misidentification and Cross-Contamination of Cell Lines.” The expected outcome is an “open letter” including an action plan with recommendations to address the need for remedial action and restoration of confidence in culture-based research.

ANSI Focus on Services Standards