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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed ISO Technical Committee on Ageing Societies


U.S. Stakeholders: Join Discussion Call August 29; Submit Input by September 15

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has circulated a proposal for a new ISO Technical Committee (TC) on Ageing Societies. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all relevant and interested U.S. stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by the end of the business day on Thursday, September 15, 2017.

Submitted by BSI, the ISO member from the United Kingdom, the proposal details that an ISO TC on Ageing Societies would focus on work that promotes lifelong support and quality of life in ageing populations. It would take a holistic approach in addressing services and products that can help manage the advancement of ageing societies, and would assess where innovation and technology require standards to support this demographic. An objective of this work is to enable people to remain independent throughout their life with a sense of value and contribution to their communities.

All interested U.S. parties are invited to review the proposal, which includes an initial proposed work plan as well as information on how it may relate to existing international standardization work as well as relevant stakeholders and organizations. A related gap analysis spreadsheet from the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) is also available for review.

ANSI has scheduled a Webex call to discuss this proposal on Tuesday, August 29, at 1 pm ET. All interested U.S. stakeholders are invited to join the call (1.866.469.3239; WebEx meeting number/access code: 735 667 728; password: bQPpPWh8).

Please submit comments to Steve Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy ([email protected]) by close of business on September 15, 2017. 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 its October 26, 2017, 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.


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