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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Field of Activity on Corrosion Control Engineering Life Cycle


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has submitted an updated proposal for a new field of activity on corrosion control. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by the end of the business day on Friday, January 15, 2016.

The work item proposal, submitted by ANSI and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), explains that the standardization of corrosion control would include the terms and definitions, general requirements, and evaluation of the corrosion control engineering life cycle. The proposal addresses the most general guidance and best practice through standards that can be used as a basis for more specific needs.

Ultimately, effective corrosion control programs will improve sustainability of the environment, safety, and reduce catastrophic failures—relevant to all countries that require sustainable corrosion protection of important infrastructure. Stakeholders of the corrosion control engineering life cycle include property owners, constructors, government organizations, regulatory bodies, consumers, third-party institutions, and others affected by the safety and benefit of corrosion control engineering.

The engineering life cycle is defined as "a system view of the structure to be protected from corrosion that includes the initial design and development based on material selection and protective measures through the construction, inspection, assessment, maintenance, and decommissioning at the end of the life structure." The proposal also notes that the standardization of the corrosion control engineering life cycle can be considered on three levels:

  • Level 1 refers to basic standards, including the terms and definitions involved in the corrosion engineering lifecycle. This level also provides a foundation to maintain consistency in all the activities of the corrosion control engineering cycle—making it convenient for users to understand and implement the standards.

  • Level 2 involves the general requirements for all the factors affecting the whole life cycle, which include objective, corrosion source, material, technology, design, development, manufacture, construction, installation, storage and transportation, inspection, assessment, application, maintenance, scrapping, document management, etc.

  • Level 3 is related to the evaluation criteria for the corrosion control engineering life cycle.

U.S. stakeholders are invited to review the proposal and submit comments to Steve Cornish, ANSI director of international policy ([email protected]), by close of business on January 15, 2015. Based on the input received, the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) will then be asked to approve an ANSI position and comments to be submitted to ISO before itsFebruary 21, 2016, deadline for voting on this proposal.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click to download the document.


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