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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

Discounted Registration Currently Available for 2014 SES Annual Conference
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is currently offering discounted registration to its 63rd annual conference for individuals who register by Saturday, July 19, 2014. Attendees who register by that deadline can also take advantage of a special SES hotel rate of 165 Canadian dollars per night at Ottawa's Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel.

The 2014 SES annual conference, which features the theme of Standardization and Conformity Assessment across Borders, will take place on August 11-14, 2014. The conference includes a welcome reception, keynote address by John Walter, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), and seven technical sessions covering issues critical to standards developing organizations (SDOs), private industry, and government agencies. SES will also offer two professional development courses at an additional cost on August 11 and 14; the August 11 course is entitled "Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment: Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today's Professional," and the August 14 course is titled "Standards for Industry and Government." The full program for the conference is available online.

Online registration is available; in addition, a printable registration form can be downloaded from the SES website. For more information about accommodations for the conference, visit the hotel information webpage.

AdvaMed Opens New Shanghai Office
ANSI member the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has announced that it will open a representative office in Shanghai, following approval of the establishment of the proposed office from the Chinese government. The opening of the new office is part of an ongoing expansion of AdvaMed's activities in China, which includes the 2013 establishment of the AdvaMed China Council. The new office is expected to bolster AdvaMed's partnerships with Chinese organizations and government bodies, as well as its ability to weigh in on significant policy issues in China related to medical technology.

To learn more about AdvaMed, visit

NAESB Announces Completion of Energy Industry Registration Project
ANSI member the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) recently announced that it has concluded the last phase of a multi-year project to update and assume ownership of the Electric Industry Registry (EIR), the central information resource used for the electronic scheduling of power and related financial transactions in the U.S. wholesale electric power market. The NAESB assumed control of the EIR from ANSI member and accredited standards developer the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

The EIR, which was previously known as the Transmission System Information Network (TSIN), originally was responsible for providing support for scheduling transactions associated with the Eastern Interconnection, the bulk electrical system covering the eastern section of the U.S. power grid. However, following the recent update, the EIR also supports transactions in the western section of the grid, establishing it as a central repository for this type of information in the U.S.

For more information about NAESB and its activities, visit

NSF International Issues Pool and Spa Safety Tips
NSF International, an ANSI member and audited designator, recently issued a list of safety tips intended to help prevent pool- and spa-related injuries and death. The list touches on the potential dangers posed by pool and spa cover, pool chemicals, drain covers, and other related tools, and highlights the drowning and injury risks facing children under the age of 15.

To review the full list, visit NSF's website.


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