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Did You Know?


New York, Jul 25, 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.

ASC X12 to Host Webinar Series on 005010 Transactions Enhancements
Throughout the month of August, Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 - an ANSI member and accredited standards developer - will host a webinar series addressing how the upcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will transform the transactions mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Subject matter experts will demonstrate how the implementation of X12 version 005010 transactions, to be proposed for adoption under HIPAA, addresses industry-desired requirements.

The six-part webinar will cover: global changes across affected transactions, justifications for the adoption of version 005010, and methods to specifically address the modified transactions.

For additional information, please visit ASC X12 online.

ISO Book on Integrated Management System Standards
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a combined book and CD on the integrated use of management system standards.

ISO management system standards (MSS), such as ISO 9001:2000 for quality management and ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management, are among the most widely used International Standards, while new ISO MSS are gaining ground, including ISO 22000 (food safety), ISO 28000 (supply chain security) and ISO/IEC 27001 (information security).

The book contains a description of the main features and functions of management systems and includes the typical requirements of a management system standard. In addition, the book offers ways for organizations to apply such systems, and guidance on how to integrate the requirements from multiple management system standards within an existing pattern.

NFPA's Initiative to Protect Seniors from Fire and Falls
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will hold the conference Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults on December 3-5, 2008, in Boston.

Two-member teams from up to forty communities will be selected and sponsored to attend the event, which will focus on reaching older adults through home visits. Teams must commit to overseeing local implementation of the program.

Since its launch in 1999, the Remembering When program has reached thousands of older adults to provide safety information on fire and fall prevention.

For official rules and more information, please visit NFPA online.

NSF International and the American Red Cross Team Up to Keep Kids Clean
ANSI member and accredited standards developer NSF International has teamed with the American Red Cross to promote Scrub Club®, an NSF initiative to make children aware of the importance of hand washing.

Offering classroom materials, music, and cartoons online, the Scrub Club® is being used by hundreds of schools nationwide in order to reduce the number of sick days and improve the overall hygiene of both children and adults.

Under the announced agreement, the Scrub Club® will be incorporated into the Red Cross Child Care Program in an effort to reach out to more schools, hospitals and community organizations.

For more information about the collaborative agreement or the Scrub Club®, please visit NSF online.

SCAA Earns U.S. TAG. Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 34/SC 15, Coffee. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will serve as TAG Administrator.

Representing the specialty coffee industry, including retailers, roasters, producers, exporters and importers, as well as manufacturers, SCAA is a trade association aimed at setting the industry's standards for growing, roasting and brewing.

To receive additional information or to offer comments, please contact: Mr. Joseph Rivera, SCAA’s director of science and technology (telephone: 562.624.4100; fax: 562.624.4101; jrivera@scaa.org).

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