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Did You Know?

New York, Nov 13, 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.

Case Studies Now Available on
Eight case studies presenting instances where standardization helped in the resolution of real-world problems are now available on With these examples, instructors can stimulate class discussion of standardization in their discipline, along with the economic and/or operational consequences of addressing or not addressing the issues or needs.

Available case studies include:

  • U.S. Department of Defense and the Virginia Class Submarine Case Study
  • ASTM E2187 and Fire Safety
  • ASTM D6751 and the Zimbabwe Jatropha Program
  • NEMA and the Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter Standard
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Ensuring Quality Drinking Water
  • DHS, NIST, and IEEE and N42 Series of Radiation Detection Standard
  • CSA and Standards Help Fuel Cell Technology Reach Commercial Uses
  • CSA and Standards for Energy Efficiency - International Cooperation, Environmental Goals, and Clothes Washer Standards.
  • For more information, visit

    AF&PA Distributes Educational Paper Recycling Materials for Classrooms
    The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is partnering with Scholastic to offer an updated version of their Recycling Starts with You! educational program.

    The program provides a mini-poster featuring standards-based math, science, and language arts lessons about paper recycling for third- through sixth-grade students to 100,000 classrooms, reaching more than 2.5 million students. Further resources, including how-to guides, statistics, and interactive features for teachers and students, are available at and

    For more information, see the AF&PA press release.

    AMA Launches Online Flu Assessment Program for Patients and Doctors
    The American Medical Association (AMA), an ANSI member, has launched a web-based flu assessment program at The new site walks patients through a series of questions to determine the severity of their flu symptoms based upon the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

    Other features of the site allow users to share their information with their physician, family, and friends. Online tools available at the site help physicians monitor their patients' symptoms, facilitate care and treatment decisions, and efficiently manage their practices' patient flow.

    For more information, see the AMA news release or visit

    Spring Manufacturing Institute Applies for Accreditation for Proposed U.S. TAG
    The Spring Manufacturing Institute (SMI), a full ANSI organizational member, has submitted an Application for Accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 227, Springs, and a request for approval as TAG Administrator.

    For additional information or to offer comments, please contact: Lynne A. Carr, General Manager, Spring Manufacturing Institute (630.495.8588; Please copy on all email transmittals.

    National Fenestration Rating Council Approved as ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
    ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), a full ANSI organizational member, as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards, effective November 4, 2009.

    For additional information, please contact: Ray McGowan, Senior Research and Technology Manager, National Fenestration Rating Council (240.821.9510;

     Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative