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ASTM--August Missive

Posted By Victor Hertz, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

We’ve reached the dog days of August, and as temperatures rise, we are slowly moving toward a critical decision in the balloting of the new standard for Language Service Companies.

As previously noted, we hit a snag when the editorial watchdogs of ASTM deemed one of our edits to be a substantive change in content. When drafting the change (which was included to secure an affirmative vote from one of the voting members), we had considered it a minor clarification in terminology.

However, ASTM’s determination meant that we had two choices: 1) abandon the change, risking the loss of a crucial affirmative vote, or 2) incorporate the change, even though that would require that the entire standard be re-balloted. This, in turn, prompted a discussion of whether the requested change was critical to the standard, or if the document could be agreed to as written.

So at this time, we are wrestling with whether or not to return to a full ballot of the standard before the F-43 committee, which would require a 90% affirmative vote. Alternatively, it's possible that the holdout vote could be persuaded to vote in the affirmative and allow us to move to the second (and hopefully final) round of voting. If this is the case, we would be seeking the approval of two-thirds of the committee members to find any remaining objections to be non-persuasive.

I was hoping at the time of this writing that I could give you definitive word as to whether we’d be voting at the 90% level or the two-thirds level. As it currently stands, the jury is still out. Whichever way the decision goes, I will be calling upon you in the next few weeks to vote in favor of professionalizing and standardizing our industry at the company level.

If a vote is scheduled prior to my next post, I will ask the ALC to send an emergency blast to all members to alert you to the need for your participation in the voting process.

So, my friends, I close with an optimistic note of “stay tuned and hope for the best.”

Respectfully submitted,

Victor Hertz
President
Accredited Language Services
15 Maiden Lane (Suite 300)
New York, NY 10038-4011
p. 212-766-4111
f.  212-349-0964
vhertz@accreditedlanguage.com

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