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The American National Standards Institute has introduced a new e-mail notification service. Standards Action is a bi-weekly status report on domestic, regional, and international standards freely available as a downloadable PDF file via ANSI Online. This document is useful for those who need to be kept up-to-date on new and proposed standards and regulations, on the accreditation of standards developers and U.S. Technical Advisory Groups, and other important news of interest to the standardization community.

Helpful EU Standards and
Conformity Assessment Guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a new Special Publication (Number 951): A Guide to EU Standards and Conformity Assessment. Edited by consultants Helen Delaney, former U.S. standards attaché to the European Union, and Rene van de Zande, a former EU trade specialist, the guide is an easy-to-use introductory reference for industry and government officials on the general principles and concepts behind the EU “New Approach” Laws and Directives. It provides information on the EU’s approach to conformity assessment and requirements for obtaining a CE mark to gain access to the European Market. The guide offers explanations of such concepts as notified bodies, conformity assessment modules, supplier’s declaration of conformity, technical construction files, user manuals, authorized representatives, and product liability in the European Union. Contact: U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 (NIST Special Publication 951) or go to the Publications section of the NIST Web site. In addition, a special Technology Services site on the NIST web page provides U.S. industry, government, and the public with measurements, standards, and information services that promote innovation, increase competitiveness, and facilitate trade.

Wanted: Baldrige Examiners

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige National Quality Program is looking for volunteers from a wide variety of business, education, health care, and not-for-profit organizations to serve a one-year term on the board of examiners for the 2001 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Applications for the board will be available in November.

Plastics, Printing, Packaging “Hub” is an Internet portal designed specifically for the international plastics, printing, and packaging industries and presents a starting point for finding relevant business information for these industries quickly and easily. The site, which is built and maintained by the Messe Düsseldorf representative in Italy, is divided into segments based on the plastics, printing, and packaging industry group and provides information about particular companies and associations, products, news, legislation updates, and relevant trade shows worldwide.

Ceramic Meeting and Exposition

The American Ceramic Society’s 103rd Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held April 22-25, 2001, in Indianapolis, Ind. This year’s symposia and division programming will cover the basic science and processing of ceramics and glasses, whitewares and materials, engineering and electronic ceramics, refractories and cements, glass and optical materials, and art ceramics. Sixteen symposia will be presented. The abstract deadline for papers is Nov. 15. For more information or to submit your abstract electronically go to or contact: Gary L. Smith, Program Chair, Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division (NETD), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MSIN K6-24, Richland, WA 99352 (509/372-1957; fax: 509/376-3108; e-mail:


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New Name for Standards Distributor

CSSInfo has changed its name to Techstreet. Techstreet has expanded its product offerings and provides a total of 470,000 technical information titles including industry standards, technical books, and training and education products. //

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