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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Electric Ranges to Continuing Education

New York, Oct 30, 2007

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online 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. Two of the latest selections follow:

Household Electric Ranges
As the air grows brisker and the holiday season draws nearer, hot, home-cooked meals are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. An updated standard from ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) helps to make sure that household electric ranges meet their performance requirements.

ANSI/AHAM ER-1-2007, Performance Evaluation Procedure for Household Electric Ranges, is an updated version of AHAM’s previous electric range standard, AHAM ER-1-1992. Only minor editorial changes were made to this new edition.

The revised standard establishes a uniform, repeatable procedure for evaluating the performance of household electric ranges. The procedure provides a means to compare the characteristics of different brands and models, and does not inhibit any future improvement or innovation in product testing, design, or performance.

Continuing Education and Training
According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, more and more adults participate in continuing education programs each year. Whether they are returning to the classroom to finish a degree or obtain vocational training, the quality of these programs has never been more important.

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has recently released a new set of standards for adult learning programs and practices. ANSI/IACET 1-2007, Standards for Continuing Education and Training, provides a framework to assist organizations as they assess the quality of their programs and offerings.

Key aspects of this process include the establishment of a responsibility and control system and the development of a plan to execute a quality learning event. The standards also recommend appropriate assessment criteria, and emphasize the importance of continuous monitoring and improvement of the learning process.

Approved earlier this month, ANSI/IACET 1-2007 will take effect beginning January 1, 2008.

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) 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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