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Did You Know?

New York, Feb 20, 2009

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.

New ISO Manual Encourages the Use of ICT for Standardization
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a new manual to explain ISO's electronic tools and services supporting international standardization.

Especially targeting ISO's members from developing countries, Standards work on the Web: the ISO solutions provides guidance for national standards institutes on the proper use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for their standardization activities.

For more information and to download the file, please access the ISO website.

TIA Launches Electronic Certification System to Comply with CPSIA
The Toy Industry Association, Inc. (TIA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has launched a new Electronic Certification System (ECS) for toys.

Reducing the burden of paperwork while giving access to a wide array of electronic certificates, this web-based platform provides a comprehensive workflow that helps U.S. manufacturers and importers of toys meet the General Certificates of Compliance requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

With additional components to be introduced within the year, the launch of the ECS is the first phase of TIA’s new Toy Safety Certification Program (TSCP), a system that provides reasonable verification that toys comply with mandatory U.S. safety standards. Development of the TSCP began in August 2007; the initiative has been organized by TIA in partnership with ANSI. [see related article]

For more information, please visit the TSCP website.

NIST Seeks Public Comment on Updated SP 800-53
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public comment an updated version of Special Publication 800-53, the catalog of security controls and technical guidelines for information technology professionals.

Helping to select measures for protecting federal information and information systems, SP 800-53, Revision 3, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations belongs to the suite of security standards and guidelines released by NIST in response to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

SP 800-53 Revision 3 updates many of the current security methods, and adds new and enhanced security controls to cover advanced cyber threats and to address organization-wide security programs.

NIST invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on SP 800-53 Revision 3 by March 27, 2009. All comments should be sent to

Structural Building Components Association Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

An international trade association representing manufacturers of structural building parts, SBCA is looking to create a national standard covering the design and application of all structural building components.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Ryan Dexter, P.E., SBCA’s director of technical projects (telephone: 608.274.4849;

Society for Human Resource Management Gains Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

SHRM develops standards for effective planning, coordination, and operation of human resource organizations.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Lee Webster, SHRM’s director of HR standards (telephone: 608.274.4849;

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