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ANSI Seeks Comments on Integrating a Business Excellence Framework with Management System Standards

The International Organization for Standardization…

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has circulated a proposal to study how to integrate a business excellence framework with management system standards. Those interested in commenting on the proposal have until March 4 to submit their comments to American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) submitted the proposal to ISO, which states that organizations simultaneously implementing management systems with business excellence frameworks are often challenged by lack of alignment. This is due to multiple factors, including organizational design and structure, responsibilities matrix, contextual understanding of the linkages and interdependencies, silo mentality, and turf protection.

The proposal reads: “‘Guidelines on Integrating a Business Excellence Framework with ISO Management System Standards’ will provide the roadmap on integrating the national/international business excellence frameworks with management system standards, for enhancing organizational efficiency, facilitating effective decision-making, and promoting transparency, innovation, and continuous improvement.”

The field of work will exclude the development of an ISO business excellence standard and/or development of ISO management system standards. Instead, it will focus on the integration aspects, available best practices, and provision of useful practical tips for better organizational management.

Relevant stakeholders would include industry and commerce in large industry, SMEs, government, standards application businesses, and nongovernmental organizations, among others.

All interested stakeholders are invited to review the proposal, which includes the full listings of relevant documents at the international, regional, and national levels, as well as affected stakeholder categories that may benefit from or be impacted by the proposed standard.

Please submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy (scornish@ansi.org), by close of business on Friday, March 3, 2017. Based on the input received, the ANSI ISO Council will then be asked to approve an ANSI position and comments to be submitted to ISO before its April 12, 2017, deadline for voting on this proposal.

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ANSI Conference to Prepare the Next Generation of Standardizers

This year’s annual American National…

This year’s annual American National Standards Institute (ANSI) conference will focus on preparing the next generation of standardizers. Entitled, “Zero to Hero: Standards Know-How Isn’t Just for Nerds,” the free conference is designed to bring together companies, educators, and emerging professionals to discuss how a standards-savvy workforce can be ensured in the United States.

The conference will take place on October 25 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, D.C., and is part of the World Standards Week series of meetings and celebrations hosted annually by ANSI.

The keynote address will be given by Kenneth Hyatt, acting under secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. Hyatt will discuss the critical role of standards in spurring innovation and boosting the transatlantic digital economy. In particular, an emerging workforce that is engaged with standards–and understands the technical and geopolitical ramifications of standardization–will be an asset to the United States looking ahead, not just to trade agreements, but also the future competitiveness of U.S. industry and interests.

Speakers include representatives from Microsoft, John Deere, Accenture, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Oracle, and the Electronic Components Industry Association. Educators will include representatives from Purdue University, the University of Maryland, City College of New York, the Project Management Institute, and San Jose State University.

The emerging professional perspective will be provided by panelists from Intertek, Salus Analytics, the Medical Imaging & Technology Association, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The goal of the session is to have each group to share its perspective, understand the challenges that other groups face, and come away with some clear steps for ANSI and the broader U.S. standardization community to take.

“Our purpose in hosting this event is to make sure that the standardization community is thinking strategically about these issues, not only for our own sake, but also for the future competitiveness of U.S. industry and interests,” ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia said.

ANSI members and interested stakeholders including those from government, industry, business, consumer groups, and academia, are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives on these critical issues.

The conference is free to attend, however advance registration is required. Click here to visit the registration page.

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Video Highlights the Power of Strategic Standardization

A new video featuring American…

A new video featuring American National Standards Institute (ANSI) president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia highlights how standardization can enhance business opportunities, lead to better market access globally, and provide safer products.

The video is part of the Standards Boost Business (SBB) campaign. It can viewed below:


SBB is an outreach initiative to help U.S. businesses understand the power of standardization in areas including driving business growth, spurring innovation, and advancing U.S. competitiveness.

Coordinated by ANSI, in partnership with 30 leading organizations from the U.S. standardization community, the free online resource is designed to help corporate leaders understand the strategic and economic value of standards, including competitiveness.

The video emphasizes that executives can either position their organization to play a role in the standardization process, or let competitors dictate how they do business.

In the video, Bhatia explains that standardization impacts the way businesses design, manufacture, and sell products, and encourages company leaders to get involved in standardization at an international level.

The SBB campaign has gained significant ground in reaching corporate executives, government representatives, and consumers. On behalf of the entire community, the SBB campaign will continue its efforts to get its message in front of decision-makers and the greater business community.

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Nominations Open for ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)…

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is calling for nominations to serve on the Institute’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC).

ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Program works to verify a certification body’s compliance with requirements outlined in the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. In conducting its accreditation activities, ANSI follows the International Standard ISO/IEC 17011:2004, Conformity assessment — General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies.

The nominations committee of the PCAC is seeking national experts in the fields of personnel certification, accreditation, and policy development. The term is for three-years, commencing January 1, 2017.

Specific duties of committee membership include creating recommended policies and procedures for the ANSI PCAC, determining the accreditation status of certification bodies that have applied for initial accreditation or are undergoing their annual surveillance accreditation process, and providing input and advice to ANSI staff regarding operational issues.

Although all individuals with expertise in personnel certification, accreditation, and policy development are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to individuals with a background in the following areas:

  • National/state licensing
  • Federal government agencies/government background
  • Employer/industry/HR
  • Career, technical, and vocational education
  • Health care/manufacturing/financial
  • Foundations supporting national credentialing efforts
  • Psychometric

The closing date for nominations is September 2, 2016.

To request an application, contact Ivory Lathern on ilathern@ansi.org. Any questions or comments on the PCAC nominations process can be directed to program director, personnel certification accreditation program, Dr. Vijay Krishna, at vkrishna@ansi.org.

Since the inception of the program in 2003, ANSI has accredited 56 personnel certification bodies for 175 certification programs. In total, more than 5.2 million professionals currently hold certifications from ANSI-accredited personnel credentialing bodies.

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