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.
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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 representatives,
An Obituary of George Orton MBE
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.
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.
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
World Standards Day
World 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:
The Role of Standards in Reviving Zimbabwe's Economy, by Elizabeth Strydom
Standards at the Crossroads of Converging Industries: Computer, Television and and Telecommunications Display Interconnectivity, by Joe Bocchiaro
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.