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Did You Know?


New York, Feb 11, 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.

EPA Sets New Standard for Digital Televisions to Earn Energy Star
With the impending DTV switch in February 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency has updated the Energy Star specification for digital televisions (DTVs) to dictate stricter requirements on quality and energy efficiency.

Effective November 1, 2008, the new criteria will grant the Energy Star label only to energy efficient TV models that are free of greenhouse gas emissions. To further improve energy savings, the new specification also addresses the power consumption of devices when they are switched on, in addition to regulating the standby mode energy use.

ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) worked directly with the EPA to ensure that new-generation televisions can meet the requirements of the improved Energy Star label, promoting energy efficiency incentives among various categories of consumer electronics.

Introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership, the Energy Star label can presently be found on more than fifty different kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings.

Biomedical Researchers Use American National Standard to Evaluate EMI Interferences on Pacemakers
Concern was raised among pacemaker users when a recent clinical study showed that personal portable music players such as iPods emitted electromagnetic interference (EMI) interfering with the functions of the medical device.

Referencing an American National Standard from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, ANSI/AAMI PC69:2000, researchers were able to refute the previous study’s conclusions and dispel the patients’ fears.

The new study also referenced ISO 14708- 1:2000(E) Implants for surgery - Active implantable medical devices - Part 1: General requirements for safety, marking and for information to be provided by the manufacturer.

Performing new evaluations on the magnetic field emissions of various iPod music players, they proved that emitted voltages were harmless and consistently minor, causing no interference with pacemakers exposed to the tested devices. To learn more on the latest study, please click here.

IDSP Final Report Webinar a Success
On January 31, 2008 key analysts, industry leaders, and members of the ANSI Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) participated in a webinar to discuss the findings and recommended next steps outlined in the IDSP Final Report.

IDSP chairman Joseph V. Gurreri, III, president of CorporatePlanningGroup.NET, presented an overview of the IDSP process and deliverables and addressed the questions received from various interested parties that were connected to the webinar.

To access IDSP webinar audio replay and PowerPoint presentation, click here.

The National Organization for Competency Assurance Seeks Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
The National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

Established in 1977, NOCA sets quality standards for credentialing organizations and through its division, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has provided almost thirty years of accrediting services to the credentialing industry. NOCA serves as the source for information on the latest trends and issues of concern to practitioners and organizations focused on certification, licensure and human resources development.

To obtain a copy of NOCA’s proposed operating procedures, or to offer comments, please contact: Mr. James Kendzel, executive director, National Organization for Competency Assurance (telephone: 202.367.1218; fax: 202.367.2133; jkendzel@noca.org).

Comments to NOCA should submitted by March 3, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298; Jthompso@ansi.org). The public review period is thirty days. To review and download NOCA’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

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