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March 2021

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Combatting COVID-19 Spread with Biometrics – In this piece by the IEC, the use of biometrics to provide hands-free entry to devices and residences and the benefits and challenges of their use is explored. More here 2021 March

AI in Healthcare, A Way Forward – In a report issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), foundational principles for coordinating AI standards in healthcare are explored. More here. 2021 March

Robots, tech, and moreSoftware Compatibility and Interoperability – A new challenge facing industry wishing to innovate and digitalize, software incompatibility. “Standards are key to striking the right balance and promoting the development of ecosystems that serve customers well” says Jay Alexander in his piece entitled Passing the Test of Complex technologies. More here. 2021 March

Fuel guageManaging Automated Vehicle Test Results – Establishing baselines for the collection, management, storage, and sharing of testing trials, the BSI standard PAS 1882 will support automated vehicle trials in the UK. With special focus on incident investigation, the standard is backed by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). More here. 2021 March

6G Roadmap on the Horizon – ATIS announced this week that it will begin work to map the road to 6G. Commercialization, distribution, standardization and market readiness will all be addressed in the upcoming roadmap. More here. 2021 March.

Updating and Extending the OmniXtend – RISC-V International and the CHIPS Alliance to partner to coordinate developer tools for OmniXtend and an update to the Cache Coherency specification. More here. 2021 March

Inclusive Terminology – In a recent article by Construction Dive it’s reported that only 10% of the construction industry consists of Women. Embracing inclusive terminology is critical argues Bridgit and Ledcor who have partnered to challenge the industry towards change. More here. 2021 March

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Extended External Reporting – Further work to support non-financial reporting, the IAASB to publish Non-Authoritative Guidance on Applying ISAE 3000 to Extended External Reporting (EER). More here. 2021 March

India Mobile Broadcasting – Enabling broadcast services on mobile devices will gain additional support with ATSC and TSDSI agreeing to work collaboratively to support the adoption of ATSC standards. The effort will also align with global efforts to harmonize digital broadcasting. More here. 2021 March.

Human Resources welcome meetingAdvancing Human Resource Management – The National Institute of Standardization made process this month on development of standards for human resources management. 10 standards in development have moved to the Technical Committee stage where comments from public review will be discussed and evaluated. More here. 2021 March.

Diversifying U.S. Accounting Talent – Co-Authored by WiS member and WiS Inclusiveness in Standards Committee volunteer Diane Jules, CPA, CGMA, this report summarizing the results of a study of the status of DE&I in the accounting and finance professions. More here. 2021 March

Child riding bike wearing augmented reality gogglesAugmented Reality, Enhanced – The ISTO announced this week that it will launch a new member program for Laser Scanning for Augmented Reality (LaSAR). The community to share information and expertise to support the augmented reality wearables market through promotion, the sharing or establishment of best practices, and more. More here. 2021 March.

Excluded by Design – The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum takes a look into the limited role women were permitted to play in the US space program and the needed transition to gender-inclusive language. More here. 2021 March

Retirement Benefits – The IPSASB will adapt standard for Accounting and Reporting by Retirement Benefit Plans to the public sector. More here. 2021 March.

Promoting Safe PPE Use – ASTM International and IFC have signed an MOU to educate and promote the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Together they will raise awareness and support the adoption of international PPE standards. More here. 2021 March.

Building & Construction

Nonmetallic Materials in Construction – Aramco to work with ACI to launch NEx. The initiative will focus on promoting the use of nonmetallic materials in construction by developing standards for concrete and construction and providing support and resources. More here. 2021 March.

A Measured Building – In line with recent updates to building standards, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International published this month an update to its standard for building measurements. The standard includes updated terminology, an optional inter-building area calculation, and easy to use layouts. More here. 2021 March

Climate & Sustainability

Building a Climate Resilient Future – In a new report entitled “Standards in Action: Building a Climate Resilient Future” the SCC identifies key standards-related actions needed to prepare Canada to be climate-ready. More here. 2021 March.

Watering can Green Farming in Singapore – The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is promoting the use of the SS 661 standard to reach 30 by 30 goals for Singapore. The initiative includes partnerships with industry, training, and more to help local farmers pursue green farm production systems and smart farming techniques. More here. 2021 March

Sharing Standards with Developing Countries – The Bureau of India Standards (BIS) has provided complimentary copies of Indian Standards for reference and adoption with countries such as Suriname and Indonesia and is in discussions with Afghanistan and more. By providing copies to these developing countries, BIS will expand the acceptance of the standards. More here. 2021 March

CFO Role in Supporting Diversity – In a report released this month by the IFAC, IMA, and CalCPA entitled “Diversifying U.S. Accounting Talent:  A Critical Imperative to Achieve Transformational Outcomes,” the organizations outline the results of a survey of diversity in finance. Noted in the report, “there is significant underrepresentation of diverse talent in U.S. CPA firm Partner roles and among CFOs of Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies.” To address this issue, CFOs must adapt and evolve to promote DE&I states the report. The report also recommends key steps CFOs should begin taking immediately. More here. 2021 March.

Plains, boats, trucks - the technology supply chainSecuring the Tech Supply Chain – In a white paper released earlier this month, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) lays out the first process-based standard for supply chain security in the ICT industry. Information Communications Technology (ICT) refers to communications in information technology as it relates to telecommunications and computers and use of the standard will support industry in reducing and mitigating cybersecurity breaches and attacks. More here. 2021 March.

Laptop showing a new webpage portalA Portal for Standards – Those working in the regenerative medicine and advanced therapies industries will have ready access to standards both in development and published, through a new portal launched by the Standards Coordinating Body (SCB). The SCB announced the new portal this week and will include in the portal, information on open ballots and calls for action. More here. 2021 March

Fruit and hummusLabelled Vegan – The rise of vegetarian and vegan food products in the last few years has resulted in numerous products on the market. To provide a unified approach to identifying and labelling vegetarian and vegan products, ISO recently published ISO 23662 which includes definitions and technical criteria. More here. 2021 March

Path to Digital in Environmental Product Declarations – UL to be the first to pilot integration of openEPD into its workflows with key customers. The openEPD is an open standard digital format for the building industry to support evaluation of environmental impact at each state of development. More here. 2021 March

Image of ice cream coneSetting a New Gluten-free Standard – Current US FDA regulations require a product to not exceed 20 parts per million (ppm) to be considered “gluten-free.” In a newly published standard for gluten-free certification, SCS Global Services reduces that benchmark to 10ppm. Global requirements were considered as well as the risk to safety to those suffering from Celiac disease when setting the new benchmark. The new standard also considered virtual and in person options for auditing. More here. 2021 March

Image of person participating in an online conferenceStandards for Quantum Technologies – The ITU, IEC, and IEEE will bring together quantum technology experts from around the world this month to seek cooperation models to ensure the harmonization of standards. The symposium, which will focus on communication, computation, and measurement in the quantum space and seek to adapt successful coordination methods to quantum standardization. More here. 2021 March

Update on Redefining Public Interest – IESBA publishes updated guidance related to the definitions of listed entity and public interest entity. “This staff publication will assist local regulators, national standard setters or other relevant local bodies in considering and planning adoption of the revised PIE definition when finalized and issued by the IESBA.” IESBA is also holding two stakeholder meetings in March on the proposed changes to the code. More here. 2021 March

Ocean viewVehicles Under the Sea – In support of increased use and deployment of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), ClassNK announced this week that it had published a set guidelines which captures equipment use and basic precautions and safety measures. More here. 2021 March

Diversity & Inclusion

Equity and Diversity, An Industry’s Pledge – The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) is challenging its members and industry to take measurable action to address inclusion and diversity in the AV industry. Participants can join the AVIXA’s Diversity Council and make use of resources to increase their skillsets including a guide to “avoid biases perpetuated by words and phrases” and online training. More here. 2021 March

Standards, Better with Diversity – In celebration of International Women’s Day, SCC sat down with Michelle Parkouda, PhD, Manager of Research at SCC to discuss gender equality and standards. “Our research supports anecdotal evidence and sector specific research showing that standardization is protective for men but not women.” More here. 2021 March

Pandemic Impact on Gender Inequality – During the COVID-19 pandemic, financial impacts have affected the world in different ways. In particular, the financial stresses have further exacerbated gender inequality. In a recent report by IFAC, women’s employment is 19% more at risk compared to men’s. The gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) tool is one resource that IFAC identifies as assisting countries in rebalancing the divide and providing needed services to those most affected by the pandemic. More here. 2021 March

WTO training for SABS – As a member state and signatory to the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT), the South African Bureau of Standards must ensure it provides “notifications relating to regulations, changes to conformity assessment procedures or new or amended standards [that] can have an impact on trade.” In support of this obligation, SABS recently took part in a virtual seminar on the WTO TBT. More here. 2021 March

Sourcing Digital Media – APTech to serve as the administrator of the recently announced Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA). Partners of the coalition including Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft and Truepic will work together to combat online content fraud through development of mechanisms to confirm the authenticity of content. More here. 2021 March

IFAN Celebrates International Women’s Day – The International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) hosted a virtual event entitled “Women Leadership in Times of Crisis – Standards Development during a Pandemic” on International Women’s Day. The event included leaders in standards from around the work. More here. 2021 March

Energy & Water Efficient

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Framework for Energy Efficiency – Energy efficiency, decarbonization, net zero – were all top of mind this week as the ICC released it’s framework entitled “Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate.” The framework was approved by the ICC Board of Directors and will involve updating the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The ICC has also formed an Energy and Carbon Advisory Council to further the work of the organization in this area. More here. 2021 March

Incentivizing Utilities to Use Clean Energy – ASCE reports that the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPES) should save ratepayers $710 million over the next decade. More here. 2021 March

Building designReducing a Building’s Carbon Footprint – Announced on March 2, 2021, the ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization (TFBD) will work with industry leaders to develop guidance for the decarbonization of buildings. The work will include “developing a framework for characterizing the issues related to decarbonization,” and aims to improve building designs to mitigate carbon impact. More here. 2021 March

Building pumbingPartnering for Water Efficiency – To address the growing concern of water efficiency in buildings, ASHRAE and IAPMO will work collaboratively to co-publish a complimentary water efficiency guidance and references. Through the collaboration the groups hope to increase water efficiency for both “mechanical and premise plumbing systems.” The co-published document will be available soon. More here. 2021 March

Pandemic Recovery

A Breath of Protective Air – New research from NIST shows the affects of humidity from breath on functionality and efficiency of current face covering options. Cotton fabric masks found to function better under humid conditions – the same that would be experienced during use – while synthetic fabrics were found to perform poorly. This research will support further standards development for masks and potential efficiency innovations. More here. 2021 March

Return to Work Initiative – Exoskeletons support workers by protecting them from overexertion. In support of research and further standards development, ASTM International has announced a call for proposals with funding available to support the work of those selected. Applications are due by March 19. More here. 2021 March

Family wearing masksRevised UK Mask Standard – In a stroke of good timing, as the UK is slowly easing lockdown requirements, BSI announces the publication of a revised standard for community face coverings. The standard – available for free on the BSI website – includes environmental considerations, labeling, cleaning, fitting and more. More here. 2021 March

Solar panels for solar energyAustralia Taskforce Identifies 7 Priority Sectors – Through a collaboration of the NSW Government, AustCyber, and Standards Australia, seven priority sectors have been identified as needing additional standards development and implementation. The final report issued by the NSW Standards Harmonization Taskforce included in the list are cloud, energy, and telecommunications and IoT related sectors. More here. 2021 March

Healthcare Data Model Integration – HL7 and OHDSI announced this week that they had partnered to work collaboratively to integrate the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and OHDSI’s Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) common data models. The project when completed will allow the community to share global health and research data, speeding development of innovation solutions. More here. 2021 March

Using Gases for Fun and Leisure – Gases “can assist with cooking, transform cocktails, create spectacular effects or be used to assist with recovery after exercise and / or injury” notes the BCGA. In its recently published guidance, Guidance note 33, The Same Use of Gases for Leisure and Catering, the BCGA provides recommendations for the responsible use of gases. More here. 2021 March

Image of water in water glassClean Water for Nome – In February 2021, a cold front burst pipes and exacerbated plumbing and clean water issues in Nome, Texas. Lending a hand to support clean water, the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) will partner with UA Plumbers Local Union 68 in Houston to train and deploy experts to identify and apply corrective measures for residents. More here. 2021 March

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