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ANAB and IAAR Invite Input to All-Stakeholder Survey
Does accredited certification meet the needs of consumers of the products and services offered by certified companies? In hopes of finding out, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board and the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR) have launched a stakeholder survey for the management systems conformity assessment industry.

The objective of the survey is to gain feedback on accredited third-party management systems conformity assessment from all stakeholders for knowledge and improvement. Respondent categories include accreditation bodies (AB), certification bodies (CB), certified companies, regulatory bodies, trade associations, certified company customers, and consumers of certified companies' products. Areas of inquiry include the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), ABs (including assessors), CBs (including auditors), certified companies, training providers, and consultants. The survey is being managed through Isometric Solutions.

While ANAB routinely surveys the certification bodies it accredits and IAAR-member certification bodies survey their clients, this survey is an attempt to get feedback from those who rely on accredited third-party conformity assessment. Survey results will be used to build knowledge and as a basis for continual improvement.

The survey is available on ANAB's website at

November 16th SES Webinar to Explore Protecting IPR and Sales
SES - the Society for Standards Professionals invites interested parties to participate in its upcoming webinar, Protecting IPR and Sales. To be held November 16 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET, the webinar will feature speaker John Pace, vice president, publications and marketing at ASTM International.

Mr. Pace's presentation will focus on how ASTM addresses the multi-faceted challenges of providing greater access in support of today's legal, regulatory, and code world, while maintaining protection and control over its intellectual properties and serving the needs of its membership and organization business models.

As part of a monthly series of SES webinars, this session will be moderated and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion with the presenter. Click here for further details or to register.

NFPA to Host Alternative Energy Technologies and Electrical Safety Standards Symposium
ANSI member and audited designator the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), in partnership with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, will host the Alternative Energy Technologies and Electrical Safety Standards 1-Day Symposium on December 6 in Atlanta.

The symposium will offer a full day of expert-led educational sessions exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by the growing demand for and transition to alternative energy sources and technologies. A distinguished panel of industry leaders will share their insights on topics including:

  • the implications of alternative energy technologies for the National Electrical Code
  • smart grid technologies within the built environment
  • photovoltaic systems
  • electric vehicle charging
  • direct current (dc) power and energy storage

Click here to register and to learn more.

November 2 Seminar to Highlight Energy Efficiency Standards
As part of its ongoing seminar series on energy efficiency, the Alliance to Save Energy will host EE Noon: Energy Management Standards: Driving Industrial Energy Efficiency on November 2 in Washington, DC.

Join industry experts for a look at how ISO 50001, the international energy management system standard, and industrial system assessment standards from the American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME) are impacting industrial energy use. Together, these two sets of standards offer powerful tools to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector.

The seminar will be held November 2 at the Alliance to Save Energy Headquarters (1850 M St. NW, Suite 60, Washington, DC 20036) from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is open through November 1. Due to the increasingly popularity of these seminars, remote participation is limited to Alliance Associate members only.

For more information, click here.

ANSI Applies for TAG Accreditation on Microbiology
ANSI, with technical and financial support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 34, Subcommittee (SC) 9, Microbiology, and a request for approval as TAG Administrator. The proposed TAG will operate using the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

For additional information, or to offer comments, contact Henry Cheung, ANSI program administrator (212.642.4975; [email protected]) with a copy to [email protected]. The comment deadline is November 28, 2011.


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