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Did You Know?

New York, Sep 02, 2011

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.

ICC Partners with Tianjin Fire Research Institute to Advance Public Safety in China
Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, ANSI member and accredited standards developer the International Code Council (ICC) will partner with the Tianjin (China) Fire Research Institute (TFRI) to improve Chinese construction codes. The two organizations will work to exchange technical information, develop training and certification programs, and address topics in the International Building Code and International Fire Code, including safe evacuation and fire protection.

“China has the largest building construction market in the world and it is growing at an explosive rate,” said ICC CEO Richard P. Weiland. “The International Code Council is proud to offer its building safety model codes, including adaptable provisions for local fire hazards. Across the U.S. and increasingly around the world, our codes are establishing safe and sustainable communities which recognize rather than avoid the hazards that can threaten our well-being.”

The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Click here to learn more.

ASHRAE Fosters Next Generation of Engineers
To help foster and support future generations of engineers, ANSI member and accredited standards developer ASHRAE has awarded more than $74,000 in scholarships to students for the 2011-2012 school year.

“We hope that this early exposure to the industry will lead to employment opportunities in the field during and after college,” said William Murphy, Ph.D., P.E., chair of the ASHRAE Scholarship Trustees. “These are future ASHRAE members and industry leaders, and ASHRAE is pleased to help them along their way.”

Over the course of 20 years, ASHRAE has awarded a combined $1 million in scholarship funds to more than 200 deserving undergraduate and graduate students. ASHRAE is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 undergraduate, regional, and university-specific scholarships through December 1, 2011. For more information, visit

ISO standard for Sensory Assessment of Colors
From food and cosmetics to textiles, numerous industries use sensory analysis of color to evaluate new and established products, ensure that quality is maintained, assess shelf life, and develop new products. But have you ever noticed how the way you perceive colors changes throughout the day as light and surroundings vary? Such changes can prove problematic for industry when comparing products through sensory analysis.

An international standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 11037:2011, Sensory analysis – Guidelines for sensory assessment of the colour of products, seeks to reduce this complexity by ensuring that sensory color assessments are conducted under similar conditions and results are communicated in a consistent manner. ISO 11037:2011 establishes guidelines for the sensory evaluation of solid, semi-solid, powder and liquid products, which can be opaque, translucent, cloudy or transparent in nature, as well as matt or glossy.

The standard was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 34, Food products, Subcommittee (SC) 12, Sensory analysis. The American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) administers the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 34, with ASTM International administering the U.S. TAG to ISO TC 34, SC 12.

PQMD Approved as ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), a full ANSI organizational member, as an ANSI-accredited standards developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards, effective August 19, 2011. For additional information, contact Lori Warrens, PQMD executive director (; 770.888.8607).

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