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NIST Guide to State and Local Accreditation Programs Updated

A newly updated NIST directory provides detailed information on 21 state and 11 local government programs that assess the competence of laboratories to conduct tests or inspections required by regulations or agencies’ procurement specifications. Updated for the first time since 1991, the Directory of State and Local Government Laboratory Accreditation/ Designation Programs was assembled from responses to a nationwide survey and from previously published sources. The compilation can serve as a guide for manufacturers, distributors and service companies competing for government business in the local and state markets included in the directory. For more information, contact Maureen Breitenberg (phone: 301/975-4031).

Sea Horse Institute

The Sea Horse Institute’s Marine Corrosion Conference will be held Aug. 10-14 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Cosponsored by NACE International, the LaQue Center for Corrosion Technology, and Department of the Navy, the meeting will provide an open forum for practical information and solutions related to marine corrosion and biofouling. Contact: Lisa Weiss, LaQue Center (phone: 910/256-2271, ext. 300).

“Building Global Security Through Standards” Set as Theme for World Standards Week 2003

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee has announced “Building Global Security Through Standards” as the theme for its 2003 exhibition, reception and dinner, scheduled for Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. This year’s celebration will highlight the standards work that is already under way or complete — such as the information technology (IT) and communications technologies that support secure financial transactions and biometrics — while also leading to the identification of new needs. The World Standards Day Paper Contest, also being planned, is co-sponsored by the WSD Planning Committee and the Standards Engineering Society (SES), and is designed to raise the awareness of the importance of standards, as well as present various perspectives on national and international standards issues as they apply to the WSD theme. For the latest information on World Standards Week activities, please visit the American National Standards Institute’s Meetings and Events pages at www.ansi.org, or contact Pamela Suett, ANSI, New York, N.Y. (phone: 212/642-4976).

Annual Standards Engineering Society Conference in the Big Easy

The 52nd Standards Engineering Society Annual Conference on Standards Trends: Emerging, Converging and Diverging will be held Aug. 11-12 in New Orleans, La. Keynote addresses will be given by William H. Lash III, U.S. assistant secretary for market access and compliance at the International Trade Administration, and Caroline Warne, chair of the International Organization for Standardization Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO). Sessions will be held on Homeland Security Standards, Global Standardization, Are Standards Users Getting What They Need When They Need It?, Legal Issues, Measuring Standards’ Impact and Success, The Emerging Standards Professional, and Emerging Technology. Contact Glenn Ziegenfuss, SES, Miami, Fla. (phone: 305/971-4798).

New Standards Guidelines for Europe

The European Commission, European Free Trade Association, and three European standards organizations (CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI) have adopted new cooperation guidelines designed to bring European standardization policy up to date. The guidelines replace the previous version established in November 1984, which for the first time laid down a common political understanding of the conditions under which the EC and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) would cooperate. Since then, many changes have taken place in Europe and beyond, economically, technologically, at a regulatory level and in standardization itself. For example, the creation of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in 1988 contributed significantly to the restructuring of a European standardization process already under way.

Over the last 10 years the number of European Standards available has risen from 2,000 to more than 14,000 — and the number continues to grow by more than 1,000 annually.
The signatories welcomed the new guidelines as a further strengthening of the cooperation between the political and technical communities in Europe. They declared their conviction that the new agreement constitutes a solid basis for future collaboration and for a reinforcement of the role of European standardization in support of European policy. The new Guidelines will appear shortly in the Official Journal of the European Communities and will be available in all the official European Community languages. (Excerpted from www.eubusiness.com) //

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