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New York, Oct 16, 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.

Improving Testing: New Book Describes Process Tools and Techniques to Assure Quality
Quality assurance tools and methods have been applied successfully in the manufacturing and service industries for over twenty years. A new book, Improving Testing, aims to define how these tried and true business processes - including standards, process planning and design, and continuous improvement - can be applied to improve testing procedures.

Edited by Cheryl Wild and Rohit Ramaswamy, the book has been designed with users in the education, certification, personnel testing, and process improvement fields in mind.

"This book provides a variety of models and examples for achieving more accountability through a continuous quality improvement focus that ultimately concentrates on customer satisfaction," said Roy A. Swift, PhD, program director at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in his foreward to Improving Testing. "For example, ANSI's accreditation program for personnel certification agencies requires that a management system be in place, ensuring a continuous quality improvement mechanism where testing errors are systematically monitored and identified."

Improving Testing is not yet available for purchase; however, interested parties can place a pre-order on the publisher's website.


Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Submits Application for Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) has submitted an Application for Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards.

According to SMRP's proposed scope, the Society intends to develop standards that are relevant to its body of knowledge and to the maintenance and reliability community. The full proposed operating procedures are available for review during the thirty-day public review period.

Comments on this application are requested by November 12, 2007. To request additional information or submit a comment, please contact Mr. Jerry Kahn at SMRP (telephone: 678.364.9703, jdkahn@bellsouth.net), with a copy to the ANSI Executive Standards Council recording secretary (fax: 212.840.2298, jthompso@ansi.org).


Household Goods Forwarders Association of America Turns in Application for Accreditation as an ANS Developer
The Household Goods Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (HHGFAA) has submitted an Application for Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards.

HHGFAA's proposed scope of activity includes the development of an electronic standard for the shipment of international household goods and personal effects. The standard will not be vendor, software, or hardware specific, and will help users to define transaction header data and numerical codification of shipment details. The Association's full proposed operating procedures are available for review during the thirty-day public review period.

Comments and requests for additional information should be submitted by November 19, 2007 to Mr. Boris Populoh, director of programs and education at HHGFAA (fax: 703.317..9960, boris.populoh@hhgfaa.org), with a copy to the ANSI Executive Standards Council recording secretary (fax: 212.840.2298, jthompso@ansi.org).

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