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Did You Know?

New York, May 02, 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.

CEA Launches Technology Blog and Enhances Digital Tips Website
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute, launched two online resources for the Consumer Electronics industry and interested users. CEA Digital Dialogue™ is a medium that allows expert CEA staff and guest bloggers to communicate with readers about industry initiatives, new technology, and policy issues. The blog will also provide up-to-date information on new market research and consumer trends, technology and standards, and industry events.

A website designed to advice consumers on the purchase and use of electronic devices, CEA’s guides users at any level of expertise on how to choose, utilize and recycle electronics, such as digital cameras and printers, audio equipment, MP3 players, digital camcorders, GPS systems, televisions, and wireless phones.

IECQ Certificates Now Issued Online
Responding to member and market demands, IECQ, the quality assessment system for electronic components of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), recently launched a new Online Certificate System.

Replacing the listings and tables that were needed before, this interactive system enables IECQ Certification Bodies (CBs) and National Authorized Institutions (NAIs) to issue new IECQ certificates of conformity online.

A repository of all IECQ master certificates, the system offers full public access to consult, view and print issued IECQ Certificates, to view statistical information and to export data.

Assessing that electronic components as well as related materials and processes are compliant to appropriate standards, IECQ has issued more than 3,000 certificates, in all categories including those of Electronic Component Management Program (ECMP) and Hazardous Substances Process Management (HSPM).

To consult the IECQ Online Certificate System, please click here.

CPSC Launches E-Newsletter on Product Safety
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released the first edition The Safety Review, a new electronic newsletter. This issue includes reports on the agency's newly-formed Import Surveillance Division, updates on recalled products and a link allowing visitors to sign up online.

Featuring a profile of the CPSC Laboratory's Chemistry Division, this number describes the unprecedented level of work recently fallen on the division's personnel that had to perform lead testing on more than 1,800 items in the past nine months. To access the newsletter, please click here.

UL Program to Assess Water Quality of Health Care Facilities
ANSI member and accredited standards developer Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recently introduced Water QualityCheck™, a program that will help managers of health care facilities to identify and evaluate risks associated with drinking water quality. Health care facilities that meet all the requirements will be authorized to display a certificate of compliance with UL's program, increasing patient and employee confidence in their water quality.

Water quality in health care facilities is only the initial focus of a program that UL plans to expand to other facilities, such as hotels, resorts, offices and manufacturing plants, which present magnified public health risks for the specific features of their water systems such as extreme temperatures, no disinfectant residual, areas of stagnation, or maintenance practices.

Complementing the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) the main federal law ensuring the quality of U.S. drinking water, the Water QualityCheck program monitors and tests for biological and chemical contaminants in a facility's water supply that may have been previously overlooked.

SSPC Seeks Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

SSPC's standards activity will cover: the specifics of industrial and maintenance protective coatings, coating systems, and abrasives; readiness of steel and concrete prior to the application of protective coatings; techniques for application of industrial and maintenance protective coatings; and requirements for third-party programs enabling facility owners to assess firms that apply industrial coatings.

To obtain a copy of SSPC’s proposed operating procedures, or to offer comments, please contact: Ms. Aimée Beggs, standards development specialist, (telephone: 412.281.2331 ext. 2223; fax: 412.281.9993;

Comments to SSPC should be submitted by May 26, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download SSPC’s proposed operating procedures, click here.