ISA creates Automation Standards Compliance Institute

By Plant Engineering Staff October 13, 2006

ISA announced yesterday the creation of the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, an ISA-owned, non-profit organizational entity that will assess automation-related standards compliance. The institute’s charter includes a range of standards compliance assessments including software or hardware products, implementation methods, solutions, companies and individuals.

“We are widely recognized as the source for unbiased, authoritative standards,” said ISA president Steve Huffman. “This initiative will provide a vital link between the standards we develop and the implementation of those standards. We will also have the opportunity to partner with other organizations and assess conformity of their standards.”

A board of directors will govern the organization and is expected to include senior ISA officers and staff, as well as individuals not associated with ISA who are appointed for their business experience with standards conformity programs. A managing director will be hired to develop and implement the business and operational aspects of the institute.

“We will work with the managing director to develop business plans for specific compliance assessment programs, based on market opportunity and the needs of the industry,” said Chip Lee, ISA director of publishing services.

“Initially, we expect to consider developing compliance programs in areas like safety, security and wireless, where asset owners, consultants, contractors and suppliers are all striving to reduce risks and optimize performance,” Lee said. “All of these topics are critical to industry where assistance on how best to implement industry standards in an effective and efficient manner is critical. The Automation Standards Compliance Institute will be in a unique position to evaluate compliance in these areas and facilitate development of ancillary services that assist asset owners, integrators and consultants and suppliers in understanding and implementing standards.”