ISO Medical Supply and PPE Standards Available in ANSI Portal April 3, 2020 — To support rapid response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is providing access to key international standards supporting biological evaluation of medical devices; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience. MORE

Coronavirus Resources from the Health Technology Field April 3, 2020 — As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds in the U.S., Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is providing this curated collection of resources to assist the health technology field as they respond to this pandemic. MORE

European Standards Available Free of Charge to Help Address COVID-19 March 31, 2020 — The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) made a series of standards for medical devices and personal protective equipment freely available to address the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE

ASTM Makes Standards for the Production and Testing of Medical Supplies Freely Availble to Combat COVID-19 March 27, 2020 — ASTM International providing free access to 25 standards for the production and testing of medical masks, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizers, and other medical equipment. MORE

Success with Standardization
The following case studies are examples of the ingenuity and effort that the defense standardization community put in to develop and use common specifications and standards to provide support to the warfighter.

  • Body Armor Test Methods Standardization Program
    This case study describes a joint effort by the U.S. Army, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to harmonize the test method standards and related standards applied to ballistic-resistant protective gear, such as helmets and vests.

  • Common Parts Catalog for Industry Shipyards
    See how four industry shipyards and the Navy collaborated to develop a Common Parts Catalog (CPC) tool to promote parts standardization and management through data sharing to dramatically reduce inventory, design, engineering, and life-cycle costs across the U.S. marine industry.