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Published Articles

Put Your Certification to the Test
Originally published in Associations Now (August 2009).
Reprinted with permission, copyright August 2009, ASAE & The Center, Washington, DC

In this article, one association shares its successful experiences with the ANSI accreditation process.


Nanotechnology Standardization Activities

A series of articles written by the American National Standards Institute and originally published in the Nanotechnology Law Report

Standards for Nanotechnology Material Specifications

October 2008

This fifth and final article in a series on standards for the nanotechnology community explains the development of specifications that will look at raw nanomaterials in terms of their use in a variety of applications.

For Good Measure: Standards for Nanotechnology Measurement and Characterization

September 2008

This fourth article in a series on standards for the nanotechnology community addresses the development of specifications for measurement, characterization, and test methods that will provide a common reference point for material manufacturers and their customers.

Talking the Talk: Standardizing the Language of Nanotechnology

August 2008

This third article in a series on standards for the nanotechnology community explains how agreements for terminology and nomenclature are creating the common baseline that is needed for global collaboration and understanding.

Nanotechnology Standards for Health, Safety, and Environmental Factors

July 2008

This second article in a series on nanotechnology standardization introduces the international working group that, under U.S. leadership, is creating the standards needed to support the health, safety, and environmental aspects of nanotechnology.

Setting Global Standards for Nanotechnology

June 2008

the nanotechnology industry evolves, the need for globally relevant standards – from particle properties and terminology to health, safety, and the environment – is becoming increasingly apparent. This article, the first in a series, introduces how the U.S. is influencing nano-related standards on the international scene.

Insist on Accreditation to Get More Bang for Your Purchasing Buck

Originally published in Quality Systems Update (Volume 17, Number 1, 2007).

Examining the differences between accredited certification and accredited certificates, this article explores the value that third-party certification can bring to businesses and consumers alike.

The Next Innovation Revolution - Laying the Groundwork for the United States

Reprinted at the request of the author, James Turner; Excerpt from the Spring 2006 issue of Innovations journal. © 2006 Tagore LLC

This article considers the future well-being and competitiveness of the United States as the nation move to take advantage of corporate and regulatory restructuring brought about by innovation.

Safeguarding: Hoops, Health & Harmonization: Design Standards do it All

Reprinted with permission from Occupational Hazards magazine. Copyright 2005 by Penton Media Inc.

This article highlights the tremendous impact of standards on our work environment, home and daily life and recreational activities, and discusses how standards play a part in nearly everything that we do and purchase, yet their contribution is virtually invisible.

The Halo Effect: American National Standards and the Rest

Reprinted with permission from the Winter 2005 issue of Protocol, Vol. 10, No. 1, the quarterly journal of the Entertainment Services & Technology Association, copyright 2005 by ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, New York 10001-3507. Karl G. Ruling serves as ESTA's Technical Standards Manager. Karl can be reached at For more information on ESTA visit

This article discusses ANSI's role in the American National Standards process and what sets American National Standards apart from the rest. The article also addresses the difference American National Standard approval makes, as well as how to recognize an American National Standard.

New ISO Policy Provides International Solutions to Market Needs:

Reprinted, with permission, from ASTM Standardization News, Vol. 33, No. 1, copyright ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.

This article discusses the new ISO Global Relevancy Policy, the six guiding principles of global relevance and the value in how the new policy provides international solutions to market needs.

Safeguarding: Are ANSI Standards Really Voluntary?:

Originally published by Occupational Hazards magazine, December 2004. Copyright 2004 by Penton Media Inc.

This article addresses the influence of voluntary consensus standards, their role in the safety industry and how these voluntary standards become OSHA regulations.

Icons May Mean Confusion by the Dashboard Light

Linked, with permission, to the July 5, 2004 article on USA Today's website.

While focusing on the automotive industry, this article explores the importance of global standardized symbols for both safety reasons and as an effective communication tool that crosses international language barriers.

What You Cannot Protect, You Cannot Own

Reprint from the May 2004 edition of The Global Standard

Music, movie, software, and standards industries lose billions of dollars through the illegal use and abuse of its digitized intellectual property. This article explores a solution to this problem through Digital Rights Management and emerging technologies that will affect the way standards are licensed and used in an electronic environment.

A Myriad of Issues

Reprint from May 22, 2004 issue of Newsweek

The 9/11 Commission found that communication problems and a lack of evacuation plans hampered rescue efforts in the World Trade Center. Is there a better way to prepare for emergencies? In this interview with Newsweek, Arthur E. Cote, ANSI vice chairman and executive vice president and chief engineer at the National Fire Protection Association talks about what went wrong on September 11 and how emergency preparedness standards can address those problems.

The Changing Options for Delivering Standards Education

Reprint from March/April, 2004 issue of SES Journal

This article explores the several options for delivering standards-related educational content. The transition from traditional classroom instruction to web-based and e-Learning programs is discussed and tips and techniques are offered to those considering implementing web-based training initiatives.

Where Are Standards? State and Local Homeland Officials Deluged by Product Pitches

Reprinted from April 24, 2003 issue of Congressional Quarterly, Inc

This article, which first appeared in CQ Homeland Security, discusses the need for standards in the deluge of homeland security product pitches, and highlights the relevant partnership between ANSI and the Department of Homeland Security, via the Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP).

Raising the Stakes for Standard Setting

First published in May 2002 issue of ASAE Association Management.

This article describes how a wired world adds complexity as well as support mechanisms to associations standard-setting role by using technology to ensure that products and services can compete in international markets, streamline operations that improve economic performance, and allow for information sharing. First published in ASAE Association Management, May 2002.

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Standards Development: Are You At Risk?

First published in ASTM Standardization News

This article identifies legal issues that can arise when rules are not properly followed and looks at ways in which the antitrust laws and negligence principles can be implicated in relation to standards development activity. First published in ASTM Standardization News.