New ISO/IEC Guide 50 – Protecting Children in Standards

December 19th, 2014

It’s the time of year when we’re particularly sensitive to the safety of products intended for children.  And from a standards perspective, that means the development and usage of standards that take the safety of children into account.  But how does this happen?  One tool that standards developers have is the ISO/IEC Guide 50, “Safety aspects – Guidelines for child safety in standards and other specifications.”  And now there’s a new 3rd Edition of the guide that has just been released and is available from Document Center Inc.

This guide was developed to provide guidance for participants in standards development activities.  But in actuality it provides an overview of the subject that could be of assistance as background information for anyone developing a product, facility, or even regulations and policy that will be used by or affect children.

As with most standards, the document starts with the usual scope, referenced documents and definitions sections.  Then it moves into five specific clauses that cover various aspects of child safety.  These clauses are:

  • General approach to child safety
  • Safety considerations: child development, behavior, and unintentional harm
  • Safe environments for children
  • Hazards relevant for children
  • Adequacy of safeguards

Two Annexes (assessment checklist and injury databases) and a bibliography complete the publication.

In the developed world, preventing injury to children is a top priority.  Sadly, unintentional injury ranks as a major cause of death and disability in most countries.  So it is incumbent on companies as well as regulators to develop and implement requirements that minimize the risks for children in their environment.  And standards provide a unique platform for implementing such requirements based on technical expertise.

If you’re already using the ISO/IEC Guide 50, you’ll want to know what changes are in this new edition.  Here’s a list of the main points as noted by the committee itself:

  • The guide was more closely aligned with ISO/IEC Guide 51, “Safety aspects – Guidelines for their inclusion in standards.”
  • It is more directly stated that the guide can be used by a wide variety of stakeholders, not just standards developers.
  • Clause 5 was further expanded to outline the relationship between child development, behavior and unintentional harm.
  • Clause 7 was given a new structure on hazards, including the addition of additional items not in the previous edition.
  • Clause 8 on safeguards was added to the guide.

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New ASME B89.7.2 – Measurement Uncertainty

December 18th, 2014

The ASME B89.7 series focuses on measurement uncertainty, the way to define the chances that your measurement is “off.”  You might put it another way and say that it is the statement of how “inexact” a measurement might be.  One of the keystone standards of the series is ASME B89.7.2, “Dimensional Measurement Planning.”  This document has been developed to specify a standard method for assessing the dimensional acceptability of manufactured parts or products.  The new 2014 Edition of this document has just been released and is available from Document Center Inc. now.

Firstly, the standard uses GUM (the Guide to the expression of Uncertainty in Measurement) for the uncertainty factor.  This method for expression should provide a business case for usage, including the cost of measurements, consequences of pass and fail errors, liability, specific policies, and customer requirements.  So both the buyer and the seller must sign off on how exact (or inexact) a produced part must be in terms of dimensions in order to meet the contractual requirements.  (You might be thinking about the ASME Y14.5 right now, “Dimensioning and Tolerancing”).

In order to achieve this, planning is required for the definition and production phases.  This is the standard for setting up and executing your protocols.  It tells you what requirements you’ll need to meet for for preparation and approval of dimensional measurement plans and how to then use those plans for your actual processes.

Who should use this standard?  Process and quality control engineers (dimensional measurement planners) will find it invaluable in planning manufacturing-related dimensional measurements.

What other standards are part of this series?  Here’s a list:

  • ASME B89.7.3.1, Guidelines for Decision Rules: Considering Measurement Uncertainty Determining Conformance to Specifications
  • ASME B89.7.3.2, Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dimensional Measurement Uncertainty (Technical Report)
  • ASME B89.7.3.3, Guidelines for Assessing the Reliability of Dimensional Measurement Uncertainty Statements
  • ASME B89.7.4.1, Measurement Uncertainty and Conformance Testing: Risk Analysis (An ASME Technical Report)
  • ASME B89.7.5, Metrological Traceability of Dimensional Measurements to the SI Unit of Length (An ASME Technical Report)

Why purchase this new edition?  The 2014 Edition of ASME B89.7.2 replaces the now obsolete 1999 Edition.  As you can see, it’s been a while since the document was updated, so you’ll want to get your copy of the latest edition now.

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New AAMI CN3 and AAMI CN20 – Provisional Standards

December 17th, 2014

AAMI CN3 and AAMI CN20 have just been released.  They are provisional standards, an unusual move for this standards developing organization.  Each adopts a draft ISO standard in advance of final approval of the document by ISO.  If accepted, they will become ANSI/AAMI/ISO publications.  AAMI has taken this unprecedented step of publishing the ISO final drafts as provisional standards rather than drafts due to urgent needs here in the U.S. with regards to patient safety.  Here’s some information on each:

AAMI CN3, “Small-bore connectors for liquids and gases in healthcare applications – Part 3: Connectors for enteral applications”

This is the provisional adoption of ISO 80369-3 with the same title.  When the ISO edition is published (expected in 2015), the AAMI CN3 will be replaced with the ANSI/AAMI/ISO 80369-3 and purchasers will get a no-charge pdf copy of the update.

This provisional edition adopts the ISO/DIS 80369 Draft Edition 3.2.  Users of course will realize that since the adopted ISO is a draft, the proposed standard is subject to change without notice.

The new ISO series has been developed to insure that fluids that are delivered internally to patients (through the alimentary canal or intravenously) are only the appropriate medication and not other fluids or gases.  How can this be achieved?  By the use of different connectors for different applications, making miconnections less likely or impossible.

The Part 3 specifically deals with the administration or removal of liquid or gas from the gastrointestinal tract.  This document specifies the dimensions of small-bore connectors for medical devices or accessories for this purpose.  It also confirms that these types of connectors should not be the same as those of a series of other ISO standards on various temperature sensors and mating ports.

AAMI CN20, “Small-bore connectors for liquids and gases in healthcare applications – Part 20: Common test methods”

This provisional standard is the adoption of the proposed ISO 80369-20, of the same title.  Again, assuming that the draft will be adopted and published, the purchaser of the AAMI CN20 can expect a no-charge pdf copy of the ANSI/AAMI/ISO 80369-20 when released.

As the committee has been working on this new series, they came to the realization that test methods for all the parts would be very similar.  So they decided to issue a separate document to address the test methods separately.  This is that standard.  The 41-page publication reviews 9 separate tests with an Annex with the details for each.  There’s also an Annex A which gives the user an overview of the requirements and guidance for their proper application.  It gives specific information for each of the tests as defined in the remaining Annexes.

FYI:  When the ISO 80369 series is fully issued, it will be comprised of the following Parts:

  • Part 1: General requirements
  • Part 2: Connectors for breathing systems and driving gases applications
  • Part 3: Connectors for enteral applications
  • Part 4: Connectors for urethral and urinary applications
  • Part 5: Connectors for limb cuff inflation applications
  • Part 6: Connectors for neuraxial applications
  • Part 7: Connectors for intravascular or hyopdermic applications
  • Part 20: Common test methods

All parts are currently in process with the exception of Part 4.

If AAMI CN3 and AAMI CN20 apply to any of your products, you’ll want to get your copy of the new provisional standards right away.  You can purchase them from Document Center Inc. in paper format or for pdf download at  And they can be included in our multi-user subscription access product, Standards Online.  Just check in with our staff for more details.  They can be reached by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  Remember, we’ve been working with customers like you since 1982 to ensure that you meet your compliance obligations.  Make us your Standards Experts!

New ISO/IEC 90003 – Quality for Software Engineering

December 16th, 2014

As I’ve often pointed out, the ISO 9001 Quality Management System has been tailored to various disciplines by the release of sector-specific standards.  The ISO/IEC 90003, “Software engineering — Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2008 to computer software,” covers the needs of software engineers.  So those of you who use this standard will be pleased to know that it has just been revised.  The new 2nd Edition cancels and replaces the 1st Edition from 2004.  It brings the document up-to-date with the ISO 9001 4th Edition from 2008 (FYI: Corrected in 2009).

Like others of it’s kind, the ISO/IEC 90003 provides clause-by-clause guidance to help software engineers translate the ISO 9001 requirements into actionable items in the context of software development and usage.  One added benefit is that the document also references the ISO/IEC 12207 from 2008. if you’re unfamiliar with this standard, it walks you through the various life-cycle phases of software to help you as a consumer or provider.

Another aspect of the use of this standard is the fact that software concerns now extend to any number of products that you might not have considered.  It is appropriate for use not only in pure software applications, but also for products that have software embedded in them.  And of course, the document is also applicable for use in contracts, software services and for organizational processes that are supported by software.

I’d also like to point out the two Annexes that are part of this document.  Annex A maps the clauses of ISO 9001 (2008 Edition) with ISO/IEC 12207 and with other standards that have been developed by technical committees JTC1 (Sub-committee 7) and ISO/TC 176.   When you have a number of standards that overlap, it’s particularly nice to have someone point out the various clauses that are relevant to one-another.  Annex B, on the other hand, maps out the quality planning and development planning for ISO/IEC 90003 to ISO/IEC 12207.  Again, this helps you confirm that you’re meeting the needs of both standards if applicable.

The final portion of the document is a 29-item Bibliography, which lists the ISO and ISO/IEC standards that deal with software development applicable to this new release for the 90003.  These are the documents that are cited in Annex A in particular and throughout the document as well.

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New ASTM A36/A36M – Carbon Structural Steel

December 15th, 2014

ASTM International is well known for it’s material specifications.  One popular title has just been updated.  It’s the ASTM A36/A36M, “Standard Specification for Carbon Structural Steel.”  The new 2014 Edition has just been released and is available from Document Center Inc. in paper format, for pdf download and as part of our multi-user access service, Standards Online.

Thedocumentn is structured like many of the ASTM material specifications.  First there is a scope paragraph providing you with information like what types of steel are covered (shapes, plates and bars) and what applications they can be used in (riveted, bolted or welded construction).

Next comes the referenced documents section.  In this clause, the various standards cited in the text are listed.  For A36/A36M, all the referenced documents are published by ASTM as well.  But certainly there are times when publications from other sources are referred to in ASTM standards.

Now we get to the real heart of the matter.  This particular document has an additional 7 clauses, each providing requirements in the following areas:

  • Appurtenant Materials
  • General Requirements for Delivery
  • Bearing Plates
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Chemical Composition
  • Tension Test
  • Keywords (used to help with searching on the Internet and elsewhere)

If you use this standard, please note that the 2014 Edition makes all previous editions obsolete.  So you’ll need to get a copy of the new update.  FYI:  The committee notes that changes have been made to Table 3, which covers chemical requirements for this type of steel.

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New ISO 19600 – Compliance Management

December 12th, 2014

The new ISO 19600, “Compliance management systems – Guidelines,” has been released to help you with your compliance programs.  Since having a compliance management system in place shows a commitment to meeting legal and regulatory requirements, this standard is particularly relevant to organizations today.  It covers the complete life-cycle of such a program, from establishment through implementation and evaluation, maintenance and improvement.

The new ISO 19600 was developed specifically for regulatory compliance.  But it’s helpful for those who use the familiar management standards like ISO 9001, ISO 10002, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 26000 and ISO 31000 as well.  The introduction gives you a flowchart of a compliance management system.  Then the document goes on to provide you with a review of top-level issues that are essential to the success of such a program.

These subjects include:

  • The context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operational planning and control
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement

As you can see, you’ll get valuable information on the basics for identifying compliance risks and determining how your organization will respond.  And the emphasis on top-level issues will give you the guidance for insuring that your compliance system has the support to provide a real impact on the way your organization does business.

One thing you’ll want to note is the fact that the document provides guidance only, rather than a series of requirements.  The committee that developed the ISO 19600 determined that it would have more flexibility, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, in this format.

The document was based on the Australian Standard AS 3806, which has been referenced frequently by Australian regulators.  It supports a broad-based approach to compliance, reflecting the needs of a variety of stakeholders within an organization.  You can take the information in the ISO 19600 and use it across a number of departments easily.

Here at Document Center, we notice that over the past years the responsibility for standards has moved in part from the engineering departments into the domain of compliance and regulatory professionals.  These folks will find this document particularly helpful in educating their organizations on how to set up systems that support the long-term goals of their companies.

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ISO/IEC 24744 updated for software engineering

December 11th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that there is a move afoot to “harmonize” the ISO management standards system to make it easier for those organizations who are certified to more than one standard.  There’s been a similar move in the area of standardization for software engineering.  The ISO/IEC 24744, “Software engineering – Metamodel for development methodologies,” is one of the primary documents for this effort.  And it’s just been revised with the issue of the 2nd Edition.  This new update replaces both the 1st Edition and Amendment 1.

ISO/IEC 24744 defines SEMDM, Software Engineering Metamodel for Development Methodologies.  This was developed by ISO/IEC’s Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Subcommittee 7 (S7).  The goal is to provide a ontological infrastructure to be used by the subcommittee and others.  This provides users with a set of terms and definitions for developing  methodologies for developing software, hardware and other similar products.

Why develop this standard?  Without a definitions document, multiple methodologies were being developed, with competing terms and definitions that confused users.  Net result?  Interoperability issues, of course!

What is the foundation of the standard?  It’s an extension of the object-oriented approach.  Since software in particular lends itself to the use of models during developing, it is natural to want to set up a general overview of specifying the concepts, rules and relationships used to define those methodologies.  In other words, you’ll use a metamodel to construct your specific methodology for constructing your product or service delivery.  It’s the top layer of a two to three layer process.  Having one metamodel that can encompass all types of instances keeps the standards developers of S7 and others on the same page.

Besides providing you with core concepts, terms and definitions, the standard will give you an introduction to the SEMDM, the metamodel elements, usage rules and guidelines, and extension information.  Annex A provides you with a worked example, Annex B shows you mappings to various other metamodel approaches, and Annex C covers graphical notation.

This is a highly technical document and not for the faint-hearted!  The new edition is a technical revision and so should be purchased by all those who currently use the original release.  You’ll need to get your copy from an authorized distributor, so you’ll turn to Document Center Inc.  You can order your copy in paper format or for pdf download at our webstore,  Or contact our staff regarding our multi-user access subscription service, Standards Online.  You can reach them by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  Remember, we’re your Standards Experts!


New EN 16602 Series – Space product assurance

December 10th, 2014

Standards perform a critical role in the aerospace industry.  First, they provide assurance parts and products will meet performance requirements.  Secondly, they provide for reliable maintenance and spare parts.  So it’s an event when a new group of standards is issued.  The new EN 16602 series is such a release.  These are 34 documents for space product assurance, with more in the works.  They provide evidence that space exploration and the need for standards are increasingly industry-based rather than government-issued.

These new EN 16602 series standards cover the gamut of topics that you might have previously found in NASA standards, for example.  Here’s the list of the titles released so far:

  • EN-16602-10-04, Space product assurance. Critical-item control
  • EN-16602-10-09, Space product assurance. Nonconformance control system
  • EN-16602-20, Space product assurance. Quality assurance
  • EN-16602-20-10, Space product assurance. Off-the-shelf items utilization in space systems
  • EN-16602-30-02, Space product assurance. Failure modes, effects (and criticality) analysis (FMEA/FMECA)
  • EN-16602-30-09, Space product assurance. Availability analysis
  • EN-16602-30-11, Space product assurance. Derating. EEE components
  • EN-16602-40-02, Space product assurance. Hazard analysis
  • EN-16602-40-12, Space product assurance. Fault tree analysis. (Adoption notice ECSS/IEC 61025)
  • EN-16602-60-02, Space product assurance. ASIC and FPGA development
  • EN-16602-60-05, Space product assurance. Generic procurement requirements for hybrids
  • EN-16602-60-12, Space product assurance. Design, selection, procurement and use of die form monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs)
  • EN-16602-60-14, Space product assurance. Relifing procedure. EEE components
  • EN-16602-60-15, Space product assurance. Radiation hardness assurance. EEE components
  • EN-16602-70-01, Space product assurance. Cleanliness and contamination control
  • EN-16602-70-02, Space product assurance. Thermal vacuum outgassing test for the screening of space materials
  • EN-16602-70-03, Space product assurance. Black-anodizing of metals with inorganic dyes
  • EN-16602-70-04, Space product assurance. Thermal testing for the evaluation of space materials, processes, mechanical parts and assemblies
  • EN-16602-70-05, Space product assurance. Detection of organic contamination surfaces by infrared spectroscopy
  • EN-16602-70-06, Space product assurance. Particle and UV radiation testing for space materials
  • EN-16602-70-07, Space product assurance. Verification and approval of automatic machine wave soldering
  • EN-16602-70-18, Space product assurance. Preparation, assembly and mounting of RF coaxial cables
  • EN-16602-70-20, Space product assurance. Determination of the susceptibility of silver-plated copper wire and cable to ‘red-plague’ corrosion
  • EN-16602-70-21, Space product assurance. Flammability testing for the screening of space materials
  • EN-16602-70-22, Space product assurance. Control of limited shelf-life materials
  • EN-16602-70-26, Space product assurance. Crimping of high-reliability electrical connections
  • EN-16602-70-28, Space product assurance. Repair and modification of printed circuit board assemblies for space use
  • EN-16602-70-29, Space product assurance. Determination of off gassing products from materials and assembled articles to be used in a manned space vehicle crew compartment
  • EN-16602-70-30, Space product assurance. Wire wrapping of high-reliability electrical connections
  • EN-16602-70-31, Space product assurance. Application of paints and coatings on space hardware
  • EN-16602-70-36, Space product assurance. Material selection for controlling stress-corrosion cracking
  • EN-16602-70-37, Space product assurance. Determination of the susceptibility of metals to stress-corrosion cracking
  • EN-16602-70-45, Space product assurance. Mechanical testing of metallic materials
  • EN-16602-70-46, Space product assurance. Requirements for manufacturing and procurement of threaded fasteners

It’s clear that the trend towards the commercialization of space flight that’s been in the news recently here in the States is an international effort.  If this series interests you, keep an eye on the EN 16601 series on space project management, the EN 16603 series on space engineering, and the EN 16604 series on space sustainability as well.  The technical committee CEN/CLC/TC 5 has been hard at work for some time and the results are just now being issued as new EN publications.

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Whatever happened to QPL’s?

December 9th, 2014

For those of you who manufacture or supply goods to the U.S. federal government (including the Dept. of Defense), I’m sure you’re familiar with QPL’s (Qualified Products Lists).  But since the federal government (and in particular the DoD) embraced the Internet for the dissemination of procurement information, something has changed.  This may have you asking “Whatever happened to QPL’s?”

Let’s review what the QPL is.  First, it can also be known as a QML (Qualified Manufacturers List).   It was developed to link specification requirements to actual products.  This type of publication was originally given the same number as a specification (for example, MIL-PRF-19500 covers semiconductors, so it’s corresponding QPL is QML-19500 — originally numbered QPL-19500).  The publication listed the document’s products by the government designation with a corresponding manufacturer’s number for item’s certified as meeting the requirements of the spec.  At the end, contact information for each manufacturer was supplied.

Why would you use a QPL?  You’ll use this information to find component parts to include in your products.  Since all materials supplied to the U.S. federal government have contractual obligations to meet certain specifications and standards, components do need to comply with requirements as well.  Using the QPL system allows you to purchase component parts for contractual work secure in the knowledge that the components meet the necessary specs.

But now we’re in the modern era and republishing a document like this each time the requirements, contact or certification information changes is no longer necessary.  Instead, a database of information has been set up.  This allows for constant updating of the information without resorting to issuing new revisions of the QPL’s involved.

Still, it takes time to migrate the information from the old paper-based system into the new online database.  So as each QPL is moved into the new system, a transformation notice is released.  This means that the data in the QPL has now been “transformed” into the online database format.

The next thing you’ll want to know is how you can access this new system.  Here’s the link for the Qualified Products Database,  In order to use this service, you’ll need to know the number of the specification in question.  You’ll just put the number into the search page.  Click return and all documents with QPL information for that number will appear as your results.  Choose your spec and it will give you a list of all products that fall under the jurisdiction of that QPL.  You’ll also see any available NSN number (National Stock Numbers) and other information.

In order to find all available sources, you’ll use the report function.  This will provide you with the information you’re used to seeing on the old paper-based QPL documents.  You’ll have a drop down menu of the various ways reports can be generated.  And you’ll need to choose which document number you need QPL information for.  It may take some time for your report to display, but you should be able to find the information you need here.

So when you’re at Document Center’s webstore,, and you’re looking for a QPL, if you see an entry “transformation notice,” you’ll know that the paper QPL is no longer applicable.  Just go to the new system and get your information from the database.

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ASTM A580/A580M updated – Stainless Steel Wire

December 8th, 2014

There are some ASTM specifications that are widely used across many industries and ASTM A580/A580m is one of those publications.  So many of you will want to know that the new 2014 Edition for this standard has just been released.  Titled “Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Wire,” the new edition replaces the 2013b version, which is now obsolete.

As you might expect, ASTM A580/A580m covers all kinds of stainless steel wire with the exception of free-machining types.  This means that the requirements for round, square, octagon, hexagon and shape wire in coils can be found in this document.

As I noted in last Thursday’s posting, the dual designation (A580 and A580M) means that the specification provides measurements in both inch-pound and metric format.  As always, you’ll need to choose one or the other when you use the document.  It’s inappropriate to mix the two systems!

Requirements are provided in tabular format, listed by UNS (Unified Numbering System) numbers.  This is the system for defining the chemical composition of various alloys by the use of a numbering scheme.

For those of you who use this document, you’ll be interested to know that the changes to the new edition can be primarily found in 2 sections.  First, the requirements for grade UNS S31730 have been added to both Tables 1 and 2.  Footnote A for table 2 has been expanded to explain ellipses.

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