January 2020 News Update

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Accreditation News

Accreditation Bodies (ABs) in China and Belarus announced in December 2019 that they’d signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate cooperations between the two ABs and overcome trade barriers. More here

ILAC and IAF recently announced their intent to merge into a single international organization for accreditation. Next steps following the decision made during the October 2019 Joint IAF-ILAC meetings will include formation of a joint committee to develop recommendations for the incorporation of both organizations into a single body. More here.

Automated Vehicles

In several states, drivers can find automated vehicles on the road and this new technology is expected to grow in 2020. To support the continued and safe growth of the market, IEEE, UL, and others have announced standardization projects. IEEE has approved a proposal to define a formal model for safe automated vehicle decision making. The standards, IEEE 2846, will include test methodology and verification functionality to ensure the proper conformity assessment of AVs to the standard. More here.

UL standard UL4600, which is available for public comment, includes language on risk analysis, testing and tool qualification, data integrity, and conformance to expected safety guidelines, to name a few. More here

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) which includes members such as SAE International, Ford, General Motors (GM) and Toyota, is a partnership built to support the testing, development and deployment of automated vehicles. More here and here

International News

The four provinces of Pakistan have agreed to a uniform standard of food and other consumer products, set by the Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). Under the uniform standard, enforcement and monitoring would be overseen by the provincial government and their respective food authorities. More here

Twelve systems standards for renewable energy and hybrid systems were recently adopted in Nigeria. “Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, said the rising demand for energy in urban and rural areas had necessitated greater emphasis on standardisation and conformity assessment in the electrical and electronic sectors.” It’s hoped through implementation of the standards, that the presence of sub-standard products in Nigeria can be reduced. More here

Upcoming Events
Want to see more events? Visit the calendar in the ‘members only’ section of the Women in Standards website.

3-7 February 2020 – World of Concrete
10-12 February 2020 – 2020 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference
17-22 February 2020 – 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting
23-25 February 2020 – Lean and Six Sigma Conference
28 Feb – 1 March 2020 – E-Fest Asia Pacific
1-3 March 2020 – Baking TECH Vision 2020
6-10 March 2020 – CEMA’s 2020 Annual Meeting
11-13 March 2020 – Sustainability in Packaging US 2020
22-24 March 2020 – 2020 API International Trade and Customs Conference

Conferences coming up in DC include:
2-5 February 2020 – BOMA International’s 2020 Winter Business Meeting
6-8 April 2020 – 2020 GlobalChem Conference & Exhibition

And don’t forget the …
Women in Standards January Dinner – January 23
We will also be holding happy hour events in:
March, May, July, and September. Stay tunes for dates, times, and locations.


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