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Did You Know?


New York, Dec 12, 2008

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.

UL Partners with Keri Russell to Warn Consumers on Safety
To help consumers prevent fires during the holidays, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has partnered with television and film actress, Keri Russell, to launch a safety campaign called Just Look for UL.

Using a website that features home safety tips and other tools, the campaign also encourages consumers to look for the UL Mark on their electrical products, as a proof that they have been reliably tested and certified.

175 Countries Use ISO Management Systems Standards According to Survey
The ISO Survey of Certifications 2007, a publication of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), reports certification activity involving ISO's management system standards in 175 countries, up from 170 in 2006.

The findings cover the following ISO standards:

The survey's results shed light on the evolution of the global economy, with newly emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and the Russian Federation leading for totals of certificates issued, or showing growth during 2007.

For more information on the survey, please visit www.iso.org.

EU-sponsored GRIFS Project Examines RFID Standards
The Global RFID Interoperability Forum for Standards (GRIFS), the EU-funded project addressing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) standards organizations, has published a global report on RFID-related standards.

Produced by GS1, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the GRIFS report provides an inventory of global RFID standards, also identifying all RFID-related standards organizations.

Demonstrating the broad scope of RFID standards internationally, the report highlights the need for more co-ordination between key standards organizations, particularly in the areas of universal identification, security and high-frequency standards.

To view the report, please check GRIFS online.

New Report Comments on Energy Targets for Federal Buildings
A new report produced by representatives of the Federal Facilities Council (FFC) and private-sector organizations, details the challenges of meeting the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

If federal agencies are to meet the mandated thirty percent energy reductions in federal building by 2015, additional upfront funds may be needed to implement energy savings. Technical feasibility, education and training, and the use of case-studies are also considered essential in meeting EISA’s requirements.

One of the participants in the report, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, plans to hold a legislative briefing in February on these issues.

To receive a copy of the report, please contact Ms. Wendy Angel, ASHRAE public relations specialist (telephone: 678. 539.1216; wangel@ashrae.org).

The American Fence Association Applies for Accreditation
The American Fence Association (AFA), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI accredited standards developer.

AFA seeks to develop and maintain standards for the fence, deck and railing industry, covering products, services, as well as security applications.

For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Rick Church, executive director, American Fence Association (telephone: 800.822.4342; rickc@cmservices.com).

Comments to AFA should be offered by January 13, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298; Jthompso@ansi.org).

To view or download a copy of AFA’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

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