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Did You Know?


New York, Jul 11, 2008

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.

HHS Announces New Programs Addressing Drug and Food Safety
Speaking at the Import Safety Summit, [see related article], Secretary Michael O. Leavitt of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and chair of the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety announced two HHS new programs set to enhance the safety of food and medical products reaching the U.S.

The first is a pilot project undertaken with the European Union and Australia to jointly plan and conduct inspections of drug-manufacturing facilities. Makers of active pharmaceutical ingredients will be the initial focus of this effort.

The second initiative consists of a third-party certification program involving farm-raised shrimp. HHS/FDA is seeking the participation of bodies that currently certify foreign processors of farm-raised shrimp for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s seafood regulations.

TIA Launches Online Community for the Toy Industry
Toy Industry Association, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute, has launched ToyConnections, an online social network for the toy industry.

Current groups include: retail buyers interested in sharing buying strategies; producers with a product invention who need to connect with licensors and marketing agencies; and entrepreneurs who look for creative ways to reach and service customers across the country.

For additional information, please visit ToyConnections.

ASQ Unveils New Online Knowledge Center
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Society for Quality (ASQ) introduced an online Knowledge Center helping the public access information about quality concepts, technology, and tools.

This ASQ initiative is a publicly-available resource that allows users to search the organization’s archives; provides the latest news and how-to information on standards; and encourages the submittal of written contributions to ASQ.

To learn more, please visit the ASQ Knowledge Center.

Reuters Interviews Alan Bryden on OOXML
Mr. Alan Bryden, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was recently interviewed by Reuters news agency regarding the adoption of ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats. [see related article]

Mr. Bryden addressed questions regarding the role of corporations in the ISO system, discussed the voting system for standards approval, and emphasized that standards development is a bottom-up process requiring documented and consensual validations.

He observed that, by connecting public and private sectors, ISO is able to channel a diverse input into standards, ensuring that they are widely adopted because the market, industry, government, consumers and other stakeholders find them useful and beneficial.

"ISO International Standards help to transform innovation into market-ready products and services, to ensure inter-operability and to disseminate new technologies and good business practices worldwide," said Mr. Bryden.

For the complete text of the interview, please visit ISO online.

NOCA Earns Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

Established in 1977, NOCA sets quality standards for credentialing organizations, and serves as the source for information to practitioners and organizations focused on certification, licensure and human resources development.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. James Kendzel, executive director, National Organization for Competency Assurance (telephone: 202.367.1218; fax: 202.367.2133; jkendzel@noca.org).

IHEA Applies for U.S. TAG Accreditation
The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has submitted an application for accreditation and a request for approval as Administrator for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 244, Industrial Furnaces and Associated Thermal Processing Equipment.

IHEA is a voluntary national trade association that represents designers and manufacturers of industrial equipment used for the melting, refining and heat processing of ferrous and nonferrous metals.

For additional information, or to offer comments, please contact: Ms. Anne Goyer, executive vice president, Industrial Heating Equipment Association (telephone: 941.373.1830; fax: 941.373.1828; aygoyer@one.net).

Comments to IHEA should be offered by August 11, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298; Jthompso@ansi.org).

ANSI Focus on Services Standards