EN adoption of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 on Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems is now available

The new ISO/IEC 17021:2011, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, was released in February and the EN adoption (sold as BS EN ISO/IEC 17021:2011 for the official English language edition) has now been released as well.

Adoption by the European Union means that the countries in Europe have participated in the process to accept the ISO/IEC standard as a European Standard (EN) per the Vienna and Dresden agreements.  The process includes a public enquiry, followed by an approval by weighted vote of CEN national members and final ratification. The European Standard is then announced at national level, published or endorsed as an identical national standard and every conflicting national standard is withdrawn.

This ISO/IEC 17021 revision sets new requirements for the auditing of management systems and for auditor competence in order to increase the value of management system certification to public and private sector organizations.  The changes relate to the competence of the auditors who carry out certification and to the way in which they are managed and deployed.

Certification bodies that use the new edition will be able to ensure competent audit teams, with adequate resources, following a consistent process and reporting audit results in a consistent manner.

The certification bodies that carry out management system certification are being given a two-year period to bring their operations in line with the new edition.

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New ASTM A240/A240M 2011 Edition released on Chromium and Chromium-Nickel

The new 2011 Edition of ASTM A240 / A240M, Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications, has just been released.  It covers chromium, chromium-nickel, and chromium-manganese-nickel stainless steel plate, sheet, and strip for pressure vessels and for general applications.

The use of the A240/A240M designation means that the document covers both feet and inches (inch-pound) as well as metric (SI) measurements.  The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately.  Values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

This is a frequently referenced ASTM standard, and it has been updated 4 times in 2009, 3 times in 2010, and now once again in 2011.  This is quite unusual, since ASTM standards normally get reviewed once every five years.

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New Amendment A2 issued for BS EN 55022 2006 Edition on Radio Disturbance Characteristics

The BS EN 55022:2006 — Information technology equipment, Radio disturbance characteristics, Limits and methods of measurement — has just been modified by Amendment A2 dated 3/1/2011.  The consolidated BS EN 55022:2006+A2:2010 supersedes (replaces) the BS EN 55022:2006+A1:2007, which will be withdrawn on December 1, 2013.

This new BS EN 55022 (the Official English language edition of EN 55022) is an adoption of the CISPR 22, 5th Edition,  with modifications.  The differences in the 2 documents are noted by specific tags within the EN copy.  Tags also define the changes generated by the 2 amendments, A1 and A2.

Since the CISPR 22 standard has recently been revised to the 6th Edition, there may be some question as to why the EN edition of the same source material is lagging behind.  With these documents that originate with IEC and then are adopted at the European regional level by CENELEC,  there is often a greater necessity for modifications and a longer adaption period for the countries affected.  This reflects the inherent difficulties generated by standards having to do with electricity, where protocols for its usage vary from country to country and region to region.

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New TIA 11-1 for NFPA 70 2011 National Electrical Code

A new TIA (Tentative Interim Amendment) 11-1 has been issued for the recently released 2011 Edition of the NEC (National Electrical Code) NFPA 70.  This particular TIA provides 2 exceptions in section 680.42(B) of the code.

A TIA is an amendment to an NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) document processed in accordance with specific NFPA protocols.  It is not required to go through the entire codes and standards-making process of being published for review and comment. It is labeled “interim” because it is effective only between editions of a particular standard. A TIA automatically becomes a proposal for the next edition of the standard.

Requests for TIAs need to provide the recommended revision and the reason as to why it is of an emergency nature requiring prompt action. The submitter must also provide the appropriate endorsments in writing of two members of the applicable technical committee or technical correlating committee within NFPA.

It is different from an Errata, which is a correction of the text of the standard.  A TIA provides a technical modification of the document itself.

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New ASME B31.1 2010 Edition of the Power Piping Code

The ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code has recently been released in the new 2010 Edition.   The ASME standard regulates the proper installation, inspection, and maintenance of power piping systems, dictating the proper design, materials, fabrication, erection, and testing of piping.  It is one of the most frequently requested ASME standards sold by Document Center Inc. during the first quarter of 2011.

Rules for this Code Section have been developed considering the needs for applications which include piping typically found in electric power generating stations, in industrial and institutional plants, geothermal heating systems, and central and district heating and cooling systems.

Piping as used in this Code includes pipe, flanges, bolting, gaskets, valves, relief devices, fittings, and the pressure containing portions of other piping components, whether manufactured in accordance with Standards listed in Table 126.1 or specially designed. It also includes hangers and supports and other equipment items necessary to prevent overstressing the pressure containing components.

Rules governing piping for miscellaneous appurtenances, such as water columns, remote water level indicators, pressure gages, gage glasses, etc., are included within the scope of this Code, but the requirements for boiler appurtenances shall be in accordance with Section I of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, PG-60.

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New JESD22-B107 2011 Edition on Marking Permanency released by JEDEC

JESD22-B107, Revision D, on Marking Permanency for Integrated Circuits, has just been released at the beginning of March.  It replaces all previous editions of the standard.

The JESD22 series is a set of test methods for integrated circuits that are widely used in the semiconductor industry.  It is composed of both JESD22-A and JESD22-B series standards.

The B107 test method provides two tests for determining the marking permanency of ink marked integrated circuits. A new non-destructive tape test method is introduced to quickly determine marking integrity. The test method also specifies a resistance to solvents method based upon MIL-STD-883 Test Method 2015.

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New ASTM D445 2011 Edition on Kinematic Viscosity issued

ASTM D445:2011 titled Standard Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity) has just been issued by ASTM’s D02.07 committee.   The standard is widely used in a variety of industrial settings.

Many petroleum products, and some non-petroleum materials, are used as lubricants, and the correct operation of the equipment depends upon the appropriate viscosity of the liquid being used. In addition, the viscosity of many petroleum fuels is important for the estimation of optimum storage, handling, and operational conditions. Thus, the accurate determination of viscosity is essential to many product specifications.

This test method specifies a procedure for the determination of the kinematic viscosity, ν, of liquid petroleum products, both transparent and opaque, by measuring the time for a volume of liquid to flow under gravity through a calibrated glass capillary viscometer. The dynamic viscosity, η, can be obtained by multiplying the kinematic viscosity, ν, by the density, ρ, of the liquid.

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New ASME A17.1 2010 Edition for the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

ASME A17.1 (also known as ASME A17.1/CSA B44), Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, has just been released as the new 2010 Edition.  This Code covers the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of elevators, escalators, moving walks, materials lifts and dumbwaiters.

Major changes for the 2010 edition include:

(a.)  former periodic inspections now being covered under maintenance requirements;
(b.)  additional types of suspension means;
(c.)  elevator illumination updated;
(d.)  allowance of energy conservation methods in escalator usage;
(e.)  revisions of folding car-door requirements covering top-of-car clearances;
(f.)  updated communication requirements in elevators and;
(g.)  additional Type B Material Lift requirements.

While the ASME A17.2 companion standard, Guide for Inspection of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walks, has also been released as a new 2010 Edition, it does not fully reflect the latest requirements in this new A17.1 Code.

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JESD47 New Revision H on Stress-Test-Driven Qualification of Integrated Circuits released February, 2011

JESD47, Stress-Test-Driven Qualification of Integrated Circuits, has just been released as the new Revision H dated 2/2011.  The standard describes a baseline set of acceptance tests for use in qualifying electronic components as new products, a product family, or as products in a process which is being changed.

This qualification standard is not aimed at extreme use conditions such as military applications, automotive under-the-hood applications, or uncontrolled avionics environments, nor does it address 2nd level reliability considerations, which are addressed in JEP150.

Tables in the standard list qualification requirements not only for new components but also for a qualification family or category of change.  It is expected that the IC sampling lot will pass all appropriate qualification tests derived from these tables.

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New 2011 Edition of the NBS HDBK 44 on weighting and measuring devices is now available

NBS HDBK 44, Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices, is now available in the 2011 Edition.  The 479 page standard was adopted by the 95th National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) in 2010.

Handbook 44 was first published in 1949, having been preceded by similar handbooks of various designations and in several forms, beginning in 1918.  It is reviewed annually by the NCWM.

The handbook conforms to the concept of primary use of SI (metric) measurements recommended in the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.  In some cases, however, trade practice is currently restricted to the use of inch-pound units; therefore, some requirements continue to specify only inch-pound units until the NCWM achieves a broad consensus on the permitted SI units.

The purpose of Handbook 44 is to prevent the use of weights and measures and weighing and measuring devices that give readings that are false,  faulty (that is, that are not reasonably permanent in their adjustment or will not repeat their indications correctly), or that facilitate the perpetration of fraud.

It has been designed to be a working tool for federal, state, and local weights and measures officials, the equipment manufacturers, installers, and service agencies/agents.  Many organizations cite the Handbook in calibration or quality documentation.

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