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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum:

Air Purifiers to Heart Implants

New York, Apr 23, 2002

Like the steady pulse of a heartbeat that performs an invaluable task for the human body involuntarily, voluntary standards secure the reliable function of the home and workplace without the average citizen's awareness.

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online News will publish on an ongoing basis a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Here are two of the latest selections:

Air Purifiers

Developing standards to measure the performance of portable room air cleaners or purifiers that remove tobacco smoke, pollen and dust from the air we breathe is the professional responsibility of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an ANSI-member and ANSI-accredited standards developer that represents manufacturers of major and portable home appliances and suppliers to the industry. Recently approved as an American National Standard, AHAM AC-1-2002, Portable Cord-connected Air Cleaner Performance Measurement Standard, establishes uniform, repeatable procedures and standard methods for measuring specified product characteristics of air purifiers. The standard also provides a means to compare and evaluate different brands of air cleaners regarding characteristics significant to product use. AHAM also administers an Air Cleaner Certification Program that verifies the filtration rate of air pollutants for many makes and models of air cleaners and compiles a directory of certified air room cleaners to help consumers select the unit that's right for them.

Cardiovascular Implants

New standards for cardiovascular implants required in open-heart surgical procedures have recently been released by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an ANSI member and ANSI-accredited standards developer dedicated to increasing the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation. These documents cover prosthetic vascular implants (ANSI/AAMI/ISO[1] 7198:1998/2001), blood filters (ANSI/AAMI/ISO 15675:2001) and blood reservoir systems (ANSI/AAMI/ISO 15764:2001) used during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Vascular prosthetics are intended to replace, bypass or form shunts (to divert the flow of blood) between segments of the patient's vascular system. Arterial blood filters are intended to filter and remove emboli, debris, blood clots, and other potentially hazardous solid and gaseous material from the blood. The standard for blood reservoir systems covers both hard shell cardiotomy/venous reservoir systems and soft venous blood reservoir bags used during open-heart surgery.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) pr@ansi.org. For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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[1] This set of acronyms stands for ANSI approval as an American National Standard, the standards developing organization, AAMI, and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approval as an International Standard.

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