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Did You Know?

New York, Jun 27, 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.

Business Briefing on Mongolian Standards to Foster Trade Opportunities
The U.S Trade and Development Agency will host a business briefing by Mongolia standards development officials on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Washington, DC.

During the full-day meeting, participants will identify commercial and policy opportunities that will increase trade and promote understanding between the U.S. and Mongolia. U.S. standards and conformity assessment stakeholders from the public and private sectors are invited to attend and discuss with their Mongolian counterparts those standards and regulations that support cross-border trade. Primary participating industries include energy sector instruments, electrical appliances, construction machinery, mining equipment, and workplace safety equipment.

The Mongolian delegation will include representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the National Center for Standardization and Metrology. For further information and to register, please click here.

NSF Launches a GMP Program for Dietary Supplements
ANSI-accredited standards developer NSF International announced a new program to help manufacturers meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) upcoming Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines for dietary supplements.

The program – known as “One Step Ahead” - features a web-based service center that manufacturers of dietary supplements can use to prepare for compliance with the FDA GMP guidelines and regulations. Under the GMP One Step Ahead Program, NSF offers manufacturers a GMP Source Book , which contains Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) templates and a trial self-audit tool. In addition, through NSF’s subsidiary, Global Lifescience Solutions, manufacturers can access consultants who can help prepare a GMP compliant system and perform readiness audits.

Observance of GMPs will help ensure that products are produced with the quality, purity, strength and composition described. Under the program, NSF auditors will evaluate production facilities for compliance with GMPs. Non-conformances will be noted, and the facility will be given the opportunity to complete corrective actions.

All auditing and consulting services are complemented by NSF’s in-house ISO 17025-accredited chemistry and microbiology laboratories, which provide quality control testing and ingredient verification.

For more information on NSF’s GMP Registration programs, please click here.

SAI 10th Anniversary Conference Human Rights at Work: The Next Decade
To celebrate a decade of implementing human rights at work using the SA8000 system and to envision continued solutions for the future, Social Accountability International (SAI) has organized its tenth anniversary conference, "Human Rights at Work: The Next Decade."

SAI’s social standard, SA8000, functions as an effective and expedient system for delivering improved social performance to businesses and their supply chain facilities. The SA8000 solution is designed to ensure compliance with the highest ethical sourcing standards by integrating management tools that serve the needs of workers and businesses alike.

In 1997, the organization’s founding year, SAI convened an international, multi-stakeholder advisory board to develop standards and systems to address workers’ rights. Representatives of trade unions, human rights organizations, academia, retailers, manufacturers, contractors, as well as consulting, accounting, and certification firms cooperated to develop SA8000 - a credible, comprehensive and efficient tool for assuring humane workplaces.

SAI's annual conference will take place on November 5, 2007, in New York City, and will provide the attendees an opportunity to exchange information on substantive corporate social responsibility practices.

Participants will network with representatives from industry, non governmental organizations, trade unions, and academic institutions. More information about the conference can be found here.

ASHRAE supports the Solar Decathlon 2007
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will participate as a title sponsor of the 2007 Solar Decathlon , a competition in which twenty teams of college and university students will compete to design, build and run the most functional and energy-efficient solar-power house.

The event will take place on October 12-20, 2007, at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The teams’ houses and the sponsors’ educational exhibits will create a solar village that will be open for public tours.

Through its participation, ASHRAE seeks to promote widespread knowledge about designing, constructing and operating high performance and energy-efficient buildings. ASHRAE will support the participating teams by providing technical resources and information, and sending on-site volunteers.

More information about ASHRAE’s support of the Solar Decathlon 2007 can be found here.

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