||A2LA Provides Assessment Services to ANSI
As was announced in the March issue of Standardization News, A2LA has signed an agreement to provide the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) with assessment services for ANSIs ISO/IEC Guide 65 accreditation program for product certifiers.
The information in the March issue was not correctly represented
and this notice clarifies the agreement. ANSI will continue to
set program requirements and to make decisions on granting, maintaining,
extending, reducing, suspending, or withdrawing accreditation
for product certifiers. Technically qualified A2LA assessors will
conduct ISO/IEC Guide 65 assessments of ANSI-accredited certification
bodies and applicant certification bodies and will submit their
reports to ANSI. For more information on the ANSI program, visit
the ANSI Web site (Conformity Assessment) or contact Rick James, ANSI (202/331-3614).
Clinical Lab Systems Meetings
Members of Subcommittee E31.13 on Clinical Laboratory Systems
are cordially invited to the Laboratory Information Systems Division
meetings of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) July 23-27 in San Francisco, Calif. A speaker will address aggressive
work by the division with both domestic and international society
counterparts, particularly with the Association of Clinical Biochemists
in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Contact: Arden Forrey
Free single copies of the popular centennial poster, created for
ASTMs 100-year anniversary in 1998, are still available from
Headquarters. The handsome unframed poster features historical
measurement instruments kept at Philadelphias Franklin Institute,
where the photo was taken, and some memorabilia from Headquarters:
a framed photo of an early-20th century ASTM Annual Meeting, a
1922 Annual Meeting program, and a memorial book published by
ASTM titled The Life and Life-Work of Charles B. Dudley (ASTMs
founder). The instruments and other equipment reflect some of
the technology available during the early years of ASTMs history.
Contact: Josephine Felizzi, ASTM (fax: 610/832-9623).
Do the Sea Horse
The 52nd Sea Horse Institute, a marine corrosion conference, will
be held Aug. 14-17, 2000, in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. The conference
provides an open dialogue format to discuss the use, performance,
corrosion, and protection of materials in marine environments.
Technical topics include: materials for and protection of seawater
handling systems (pumps, valves, piping systems, and heat exchangers);
coatings, cathodic protection, and other corrosion control methods;
atmospheric corrosion; biofouling; and corrosion testing techniques.
Contact: LaQue Center for Corrosion Technology, PO Box 656, Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28480 (910/256-2271; fax:
910/256-9816; e-mail: email@example.com) .
C09 Co-Sponsored Concrete ConferenceKorea
The American Concrete Institute/Korea Concrete Institute 2000 International Conference on Repair,
Rehabilitation, and Maintenance of Concrete Structures, and Innovations
in Design and Construction will be held Sept. 19-22 at the Swiss
Grand Hotel, in Seoul, Korea. This conference is co-sponsored
by ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. Contact:
American Concrete Institute, PO Box 9094, Farmington Hills, MI
48333-9094 (248/848-3800; fax: 248/848-3701).
Two new contests may be of interest. Firestone Industrial Products
Company has announced a year-long contest to find the oldest,
continuously running air spring (the generic name for Firestone
Airstroke actuators and Airmount isolators) in an industrial (non-transportation)
application in North America. Contact: Brian Hoaglan (317/818-8745)
or obtain a Contest Rules and Application Form from the Web site.
Reliabilityweb.com (click on Hall of Fame link) has announced the first Reliability
Hall of Fame in honor of the worlds oldest machine reliability
instruments. To qualify, instruments must be over 20 years old
and a photo must be submitted together with basic information
about the instrument.
New ISO Subscriber Member for Lesotho
The Standards and Quality Section of the Lesotho Ministry of Industry,
Trade, and Marketing has been accepted as ISO Subscriber Member for Lesotho. Lesotho is a mountainous enclave
within South Africa. Contact: D.M. Rantekoa, Standards and Quality Assurance Section (LSQAS), Ministry of
Industry, Trade, and Marketing, POB 747, Maseru 100 (266 31 28
02; fax: 266 31 03 26). //
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