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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 of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

CPSC Offers a Holiday Safety Information Center

Did you know that about 200 people visit a hospital emergency room each day during the three months surrounding the holiday season? In a new 18-minute video, Dana Baiocco, commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) discusses holiday safety risks and tips with interior designer Sabrina Soto. The pair cover a wide range of seasonal topics, from proper care of a Christmas tree to fire precautions for menorahs, as well as kitchen safety and how to select appropriate and safe toys for younger children.

ANSI Approves U.S. TAG on Milk and Milk Products

ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has formally approved the accreditation of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee (TC) 34, Food Products, Subcommittee (SC) 5, Milk and milk products,and the appointment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Marketing Service as TAG Administrator, effective November 27, 2019. The TAG will operate under 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, please contact USDA's senior research scientist, Michael Sussman, Ph.D. at [email protected].

ASC X9 Reconstitutes Working Group X9F5 to Address New Public Key Infrastructure Needs

The Accredited Standards Committee X9 Inc. (X9), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has reconstituted X9F5, the working group that originally developed the standards on which modern public key infrastructures (PKIs) are based. The decision by the X9 board relied upon the recent findings of an X9 PKI study group, which recommended that X9F5 be tasked with creating new PKI standards based on use cases and requirements developed and maintained specifically for the financial services industry.

Tim Hollebeek, an industry and standards technical strategist at DigiCert and interim chair of X9F5, noted: "X9 is the right organization to take things to the next level, now that we have a detailed understanding of how the financial industry's requirements differ from other PKIs, especially the web PKI."

X9 is seeking additional participation and support for this effort from all interested parties. Submit an inquiry on their website,

ALI Celebrates Milestone 75th Anniversary in 2020

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), an ANSI member and standards developer, will celebrate 75 years in 2020. The ALI board of directors adopted a resolution recognizing the milestone at its annual meeting in Las Vegas on November 3, 2019, pledging that the organization will continue to explore new concepts and approaches to promote the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, and use of automotive lifts.

"For 75 years, responsible lift manufacturers have focused on protecting technicians and others who use their equipment every day," said R.W. "Bob" O'Gorman, ALI president. "We're proud of ALI's legacy of safety and commitment to the industry, and we look forward to highlighting our heritage in the year ahead."

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