“Birth is the sudden opening of a window,
through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect.
For what has happened? A miracle.
You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.”
— William MacNeile Dixon
One of the consensus products of the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) may interest education communities:
From the product prospectus:
The scope of this standard is to define minimum security requirements for the design, production, supply chain, and recommendations for issuance of government birth certificates used for official purposes. The standard will not establish requirements for the handling and security of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
The goal for this standard is to protect against fraud and reduce the risk associated with using compromised documents that support critical transactions. This standard establishes the minimum security technologies that should be incorporated into birth certificates for authentication, and the minimum requirements for manufacture and distribution to vital records offices. This standard also recommends best practices for the secure storage and issuance of birth certificates.
Many education communities are bound to statues that require confirmation of a student or employee’s country of origin. Our reading of best practice literature reveals that every state has its own rules for establishing residency status; at least among US nationals, so this product appears to offer more dimension to birth certification particulars.
NASPO sells the product. A certification and training regimen is offered. NASPO members receive discounts. This is a feature of the business models of many ANSI-accredited standards setting organizations.
There are enough issues in the $300 billion facility operation of US education communities that we do not need to stray outside our wheelhouse getting involved in birth certification issues but, since we work in a related domain, we simply pass this on to others on the front line of student residency issues. An industry very close to combustion temperature should at least know about NASPO consensus products.
NASPO is ANSI’s US Technical Advisory Group Administrator of the US position on ISO Committee 292 — Security and resilience — a global committee focused on standardization in the field of security to enhance the safety and resilience of society. ISO products provide policy templates for governments in all nations. We urge our colleagues in education communities to participate in NASPO and/or ISO consensus product development as a user-interest. As of this posting, there are no education community representatives on the US TAG to ISO 292 CLICK HERE to communicate directly with NASPO.
We maintain NASPO products on the standing agenda of our periodic Risk and Global teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Category: Risk, Global
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jack Janveja
We track action in international administrative procedures that affect the safety and sustainability agenda of the education facility industry. From time to time we find product purchasing contracts that contain “boilerplate” requiring conformity to applicable regulations found in the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). Common examples are found in contracts for the acquisition of information technology and specialty laboratory equipment.
The World Trade Organization TBT Agreement obliges all Parties to maintain an inquiry point that is able to answer questions from interested parties and other WTO Members regarding technical regulations, standards developed by government bodies, and conformity assessment procedures, as well as provide relevant documents. The TBT Agreement also requires that WTO Members notify the WTO of proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures so interested parties can become acquainted with them and have an opportunity to submit written comments.
The inquiry point and notification authority for the United States is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. We provide a link here for the convenience of faculty, specifiers and purchasing professionals.
We include the TBT on the agenda of our Global teleconference; open to everyone. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting.
The United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNA/IEC) seeks new participants and, above all, a Technical Advisory Group Administrator to administer United States stakeholder participation in a new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standardization project described below:
Standardization in the field of broad (general) principles of operation of electrical installations. These operating instructions are intended to ensure that all operation of and work activity on, with, or near electrical installations can be carried out safely. These are electrical installations operating at voltage levels from and including extra-low voltage up to and including high voltage. These electrical installations are designed for the generation, transmission, conversion, distribution and use of electrical power. Some of these electrical installations are permanent and fixed, such as a distribution installation in a factory or office complex, others are temporary, such as on construction sites and others are mobile or capable of being moved either whilst energised or whilst not energised nor charged.
The US education industry has both an academic and a business reason for participating in the development of this consensus product. Many colleges and universities have power generation and distribution facilities that are larger than many regulated utilities. The academic side of the education industry has an interest in keeping pace with the ideas running through this product, for instructional purposes and also to compete for electrical power research projects.
Individuals who are interested in becoming a participant or the TAG Administrator are invited to contact Adelana Gladstein, Program Manager – International Policy, USNC/IEC, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
We collaborate with the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers on standardization projects like this; typically the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets online 4 times monthly in European and American time zones. We also maintain all IEC standardization projects on our Global teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
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