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New SES Seminars

Wednesday September 16, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30pm
Standards and Trade, presented by Eileen Hill, Team Lead, Standards, International Trade Administration (ITA). Click here to register. (use this link:http://ses-standards.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=655374)

Wednesday October 21, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30pm
Developing Standards Professionals: Competencies, Training, and Mentors. The webinar is a special event jointly hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Society for Standards Professionals (SES), featuring a moderated panel of three leaders in the world of standardization. Click here to register. (use this link: http://ses-standards.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=678205)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30pm
 SES 1 and SES 2presented by Joe Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, Sextant Group. Registration details coming soon.  

64th Annual SES Conference, August 10-13, 2015 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Partnering in Innovation Through Standards and Conformity Assessment  

SES - The Society for Standards Professionals is pleased to announce that S. Joe Bhatia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will be the keynote speaker at the Annual SES Conference. The 2015 Conference, to be held August 10 – 13 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, will focus on the theme, Partnering in Innovation Through Standards and Conformity Assessment.

Professional development courses will be offered during the 64th Annual SES Conference:

Advance program for the 64th Annual SES Conference

IFAN Members'Assembly, 22-24 September 2015

We are pleased to announce that the IFAN Members' Assembly 2015 will be held in Hangzhou, China, at the kind invitation of CAS the IFAN National Member for China. 

As well as the Members' Assembly, there will be a Workshop on Smart Cities, meetings of IFAN working groups and a technical visit.

CAS have told us that there will be a Standards Conference, probably on Monday 21 September, which is being organised by another department, as soon as we have more information on this event it will be announced here.

Upcoming 2015 Webinars – Free for SES Members – Sponsored by Techstreet

Note: The May webinar will be held on a Monday, as opposed to the usual third Wednesday of the month

Monday May 18, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30pm – Standards Education, presented by Susan Tatiner, Director, Standards Education at IEEE-SA and Jennifer McClain, Sr. Manager Standards Education & Business Development at IEEE-EA. For registration and more information, click here

Wednesday June 17, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30pm – Globalized Agrifoods Production (2014 ANSI student paper winner), presented by Lu Hao, Institutional Research Analyst, Georgetown University. For registration and more information, click here

A new President for IFAN

IFAN is pleased to announce that its new President Mr David Felinski took up his post on 1 January 2015. Mr Felinski succeeds Mr Ross Wraight who continues to serve on the Board as immediate Past President.

Mr Felinski was elected at the Members’ Assembly in Paris in October 2014 and his first term will be for three years until 31 December 2017.

Mr Felinski has been involved in standardization since 1987 and previously served on the IFAN Board as Vice-President and is a member of IFAN’s North American National User Group member SES (Society for Standards Professionals).

2015 Webinars from IFAN Member SES - Free for SES Members - Sponsored by Techstreet

The following webinars are scheduled for the new year, on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET:
January 21, 2015 - The Standards Alliance: an ANSI-USAID Public-Private Partnership, presented by Cory O'Hara, Division Chief for Regulatory Reform Programs, USAID, and Leslie McDermott, Senior Manager - International Development, ANSI. For registration and more information, click here.

February 18, 2015 - NFPA New Technology Applications, presented by Angela Burke, Product Manager, NFPA. For registration and more information, click here.

March 18, 2015 - Conformity Assessment – Threat or Menace, presented by Gary Schrempp, Director of Global Regulations and Safety Investigations, Dell, Inc. For registration and more information, click here.

April 22, 2015 - Involving Software Engineering Students in Implementing and Improving International Standards, presented by Claude Y. Laporte, Professor at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). For registration and more information, click here.

IFAN Celebrates its 40th Anniversary in Paris

Forty years after IFAN was establishment in 1974, its members recently gathered to celebrate its anniversary in the same city that hosted the first meeting - Paris
Over the last 40 years, IFAN has gained its reputation for being the most effective voice for standards users and has won the support of many leading corporations and organizations from across the globe.
In honor of our 40th anniversary, several of our supporters and past officials sent us their warm wishes
We would like to share them with you.

New IFAN Guide Published

IFAN are pleased to announce the publication of IFAN Guide 4 Education and training about standardization – Different needs for different roles, which was launched at the recent IFAN Workshop in Paris, on education and training for standards users.

Developed by IFAN WG16 the Working Group on education and training, has written a guide aiming at identifying the different standardization education and training needs that are important to target for each actor of an enterprise, the interaction of standardization with their activities.

IFAN Guide 4 identifies, for the main functions of an enterprise or an organization, degrees of knowledge necessary for the topics related to standardization.
This document has been written for:

  • Teachers and lecturers, for designing their curricula, lectures and courses
  • Trainers inside organizations and companies for designing their courses
  • Managers for the definition of their team missions and goals linked to standardization
  • Human Resources managers responsible for recruitment purposes and training programs inside organizations & companies
  • Organizations and projects linked to education and training about standardization

IFAN GUIDE 4 is now out and needs to be used and shared as much as possible in companies, training centres, universities, schools…

For any comments related to Guide 4 or education and training on standardization, please write to ifan@ifan.org

. Philippe Charissoux

Philippe Charissoux presenting IFAN GUIDE 4 during the 2014 Paris workshop (download his presentation).

Upcoming Webinars - Free for SES Members - Sponsored by Techstreet

The next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET.  

Andrew Updegrove, Co-Founder and Partner, Gesmer Updegrove LLP, will be speaking on: Convergence of Open Source Projects and Standards Development.  

For registration and more information on this and other SES webinars, click here.

IFAN Open Workshop:

Experiences from different continents

IFAN are pleased to announce the details of their Open Workshop, which will take place in Paris on the afternoon of 17 September 2014.

Whatever the size of the company, whatever the activity, whatever the country, it seems increasingly difficult to find technicians and managers acquainted with the use and strategic implications of standards. This workshop aims at sharing some successful experiences throughout the world from three different perspectives: the companies’, the users’ and from academia. The purpose of this workshop is to share experiences from different regions in the globe knowing that, worldwide, every company that uses standards is well aware that better knowledge on standards is a must.

Full details and registration form

Upcoming Webinars - Free for SES Members - Sponsored by Techstreet

The next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET.  Laurent Oberlé, President, Acanor, will be speaking on: Standards Education in Europe and Internationally.  For registration and more information on this and other SES webinars, click here.

SES is the IFAN member for North America and Canada, and Laurent Oberlé, is President of  ACANOR, the IFAN members for France 

IFAN and ISO sign a new MoU

On 28 April during the recent IFAN Board meeting in Geneva, IFAN President Ross Wraight and ISO General Secretary Rob Steele took the opportunity to sign a revised Memorandum of Understanding between the two international organisations.

Rob Steele and Ross Wraight sign the Memorandum of Understanding between ISO and IFAN

IFAN 40th Anniversary

The International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) was born in 1974 as an ambassador of the standards users’ interests in the international arena, long before globalization was heard of, and at a time when competitivity was less fierce than today, and trade barriers and protectionism were still accepted practice in certain areas.

IFAN was founded in spring 1974 when eleven national organisations involved in the application of standards met in Paris for an International Conference. The original name ‘International Federation for the Application of Standards’ has been changed 1998 to ‘International Federation of Standards Users’. In commemoration of its founding place the Members Assembly takes place this year in Paris, September 17/18.
Read the full Press Release

IFAN position on ISO 26000 revision sent to ISO Secretary General

In its capacity as a ‘D’ liaison to ISO, the IFAN Project Group 14 developed a draft position on the revision of ISO 26000, which was then disseminated to IFAN Members for comments; after consideration and discussion/resolution of those comments, IFAN PG 14 came to consensus on the following positions and recommendations to ISO. In brief, our recommendation is to reaffirm the current 2010 edition, and not to revise the document but rather to gain more experience with it prior to launching a revision.
The full paper can be read here.

IFAN Members' Assembly 2014

We are pleased to announce that the IFAN Members' Assembly will be held on 17 and 18 September 2014, in Paris at the kind invitation of ACANOR and AFNOR.

George Orton MBE

It is with very great sadness that we announce that George Orton MBE, founder member of both the British Standards Society and IFAN, died on 6 January aged 94.
Mr Orton was awarded the MBE by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1970 for services to standardization; he was Vice-President of IFAN from 1974-1978 and its second President 1978-1981, and was awarded the George Garel Award in 1986 as well as the BSI Distinguished Service Award in 2002 when he retired from active participation in BSS. He was an Honorary Fellow of the standards Engineering Society of America [SES].

The 2013 reunion of retired IFAN representativesThe 2013 reunion of retired IFAN representatives,
George Orton is pictured here with fellow past IFAN President Veit Ghiladi [1998-2002] and past BSS Chairman and former IFAN Vice-President Bob Wright, also pictured is Pam Hall, former BSS Secretary, and other past IFAN representatives.

An Obituary of George Orton MBE (PDF)

40th IFAN Members Assembly 2013

The annual IFAN Members Assembly took place this year in London, hosted by the British Standards Institution (BSI), on Thursday 17 October 2013. IFAN members from around the world gathered to settle all the necessary formal Agenda items concerning the federation. On top of it, the Assembly provided an opportunity for the members to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest, in addition to the IFAN 14th International Conference 2013 preceding the Assembly.

The minutes will be available after preparation via the members section.

IFAN Members in the BSI Hub, Chiswick

The Members in the BSI Hub, Chiswick

IFAN 14th International Conference 2013: Standards make the world go round

IFAN hold its 14th International Conference following World Standards Day 15/16 October 2013. The event took place in central London in the Centre Point Tower. IFAN Conferences take place every three years. The motto of the IFAN Conference 2013 was: Standards make the world go round: When users and standardisers work together. The keynote addresses were given by Dr Scott Steedman, Director of Standards, BSI on ‘Standards Landscape’ and by Rob Steele, Secretary General, ISO, on: ‘International standards ensure positive change’.

The following sessions covered: 1 Getting involved in standards, 2 Global legal issues around standards and standards information for global markets, 3 Standards, innovation & technology, 4 Inter-active standard development, inputting SME/User experience to the standard amendment. One of the three winners of the IFAN Standards Paper Writing Contest, Pierre Epaillard, presented his paper and the IFAN Georges Garel Award, which was instituted by IFAN in 1979 in commemoration of its first president Mr Georges Garel, was presented to Laura Hitchcock, Boeing. The closing address was given by David Bell, Head of the external policy team, BSI.

In short: The world is getting increasingly more complex: Innovation cycles get shorter, new fields of standardisation pop up, systems standardisation become more important, global legal issues effect ever more businesses, regulators more and more involve in standardisation, fragmentation increases, changes in culture occur, but, participation and engagement in standardisation and information on standards, e.g. for SMEs, gets easier by new technologies and tools. Standards users must be aware of and respond to the changes. Those who participate shape the system of standardisation, its standards/products and market relevance.

Read more: Presentations are available here

Room at the IFAN Conference 2013

World Standards Day

World Standards Day Poster 2013World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October. The motto this year: International Standards Ensure Positive Change. Besides is shown the 2013 World Standards Day Poster.

IFAN joined the International Standardisation Organisations ISO, IEC and ITU by organising an international conference the following days 15/16 October 2013 on: Standards make the world go round: When users & standardisers work together.

The IFAN 14th International Conference took place at the CBI Conference Centre, Centre Point Tower, New Oxford Street, London.




IFAN Paper Writing Competition: Winners Announced

For the first time this year IFAN held a standards paper writing competition, we received 14 entries the majority of which were of a high standard.
The members of the IFAN Board read all the papers, and with great difficulty reduced them to a short list of 5 papers, all of which scored highly in the first round of the competition.
After much deliberation, the Board is pleased to announce that the winners of the 3 prizes are:
First Prize:
The Role of Standards in Reviving Zimbabwe's Economy, by Elizabeth Strydom

Second Prize:
Standards at the Crossroads of Converging Industries: Computer, Television and and Telecommunications Display Interconnectivity, by Joe Bocchiaro

Third Prize:
Standardization and norms within Financial Processes - Martine Brachet, Pierre Epaillard

We are pleased that Pierre Epaillard, will be reading his paper at the end of the first day of the IFAN Conference in London on the 15 October 2013.

Book your place at the IFAN 14th International Conference.

There is still time to book your place at the IFAN 14th International Conference, CBI conference Centre, London 15/16 October 2013, the programme details are here, and to register go to this site.

IFAN 2013 Paper Competition

IFAN has launched a competition for papers on the role of standards in a changing economy.

You can find out more about the competition and the prizes in the call for paper.

News from SES (April 2013)

Find out about the latest activities of SES in the IFAN Member's activity page

IFAN’s 14th International Conference, will take place at the Centre Point Conference Venue, Oxford Street, London, England on 15 and 16 of October 2013

We are pleased to announce that speakers will include Laura Hitchcock of Boeing; Scott Steedman, BSI; Jason Jones, ASTM; Denis Deutsch, Total; Andries Otter, Shell, as well as speakers from IFAN members CAS [China], ANP [Germany] and many others.

We anticipate that registration will open in around a month, and an early bird discount will be available.
In the meantime if you need a VISA please apply early via the IFAN Secretary.

14th IFAN International Conference 2013 – First announcement for your calendar

IFAN holds an International Conference once every three years, in conjunction with their Members’ Assembly. This conference is aimed at all those who are interested in and use standards, as well as have an interest in standardization and related matters.

The next conference, the 14th IFAN International Conference, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday the 15/16 October 2013 in Central London, UK.

The focus of this conference will be on latest developments in standards, particularly those in support of users of standards, particularly new technologies for user involvement in standardisation enabling users, including those in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to input their experiences. There have been remarkable developments in these areas that are not yet widely known.

The 40th IFAN Members’ Assembly will take place immediately thereafter on Thursday 17th October at BSI, Chiswick, London, and will be an opportunity for us to welcome new members.

IFAN international conferences are always noted as enriching benchmarking experiences for standards users, so thank you for promoting the 2013 IFAN conference throughout your national networks.