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Training Course: Using the ISOSTD Template

New York, Jun 07, 2005

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have tentatively scheduled a joint offering of the training course, Using the ISOSTD Template for fall 2005. The ISO Standards (STD) Template is an electronic tool that helps to simplify and facilitate the sometimes complex process of creating draft International Standards for review and approval by ISO member bodies. Presently, there are more than 15,000 ISO-approved International Standards and well over one-half million pages of English and French text; nearly 60,000 pages of standards output are produced each year.

The U.S. is one of the most active of the 37 member bodies that provide leadership and the administrative and technical services supporting ISO’s 190 Technical Committees, 544 Subcommittees, and 2,200 working group.

"More than 200 of the current ISO project leaders are from the U.S.," explained Caroline Holley, ANSI’s education and training administrator. “This course is being offered a resource for project leaders and committee administrators so that they can do their jobs better and more efficiently.”

The two-day, interactive session will be conducted in a computer-equipped classroom so as to provide hands-on instruction on how to prepare an ISO standard using the template.

ANSI is currently exploring the best date and location for the course. In an effort to choose training times that coincide with complimentary events, the course could take place either on October 3-4, 2005 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with World Standards Week (October 3-6, 2005) or on November 7-8, 2005 in Scottsdale, AZ in conjunction with the ANSI Conference on U.S. Leadership in ISO and IEC (November 9-10, 2005). The fee for the course is US $595 for ANSI members and US $645 for non-ANSI members.

In consideration of the expense associated with bringing an ISO trainer to the U.S. from Geneva, ANSI must have a guarantee of 16 confirmed students for this course. The training session will not be held if the requisite number of confirmed registrations is not met.

“ANSI is committed to helping those who are actively engaged as being made available via ANSI’s ongoing commitment to deliver the standards training needed most by its constituents,” added Holley. “By working together with organizations such as ISO, we can increase awareness of the importance of the voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment system both nationally and internationally. Education and training are vital components in this endeavor.”

Further details of the course can be found in the ISO Training Brochure, which can be downloaded from the ISO TC Portal. All those interested in participating in the course should contact Caroline Holley, education and training administrator, (212-642-4976; and indicate which of the two sets of dates and locations are preferred. Based on the feedback, ANSI will announce if, when, and where the training will take place and send registration information to all those who expresses an interest.

Additional information about collaborating with ANSI in this effort can be found on ANSI’s Education and Training website or by contacting Caroline Holley directly.

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