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ASTM Update

Posted By Victor Hertz, Friday, July 7, 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

As Independence Day has come and gone this summer, we have much to celebrate, both individually and collectively in our industry. That said, we still face an uphill battle in creating professional standards for Language Service Companies (LSCs) which will safeguard our future.

As I write this report, we have achieved the required number of affirmative votes to move to the next stage in adopting the ASTM standard for LSCs. However, we have now hit a new snag, which may derail the process and force us to re-ballot the standard.

In particular, the ASTM editorial committee has raised objections to some of the modifications made to the standard. These changes were undertaken to clarify certain points and reassure the voting members that the standard would satisfy their needs. Unfortunately, in some cases the adjustments were flagged as potentially substantial changes (as contrasted with changes that are editorial in nature).

It's incumbent upon me to inform the ALC membership that if those determinations stand, it may be necessary to re-ballot the standard in upcoming weeks/months. If so, you can rest assured that I will alert you to that necessity. With that said, I remain hopeful that this latest barrier to adoption will be remedied in short order, without the need to return to the previous balloting stage.

Meanwhile, I urge you to be patient as the standard wends its way through the consensus process within the ASTM.

In other news, I invite any and all ALC members to notify me of other initiatives that impact LSCs, whether they take place here in the US or abroad. I will also take this opportunity to mention a blog post that I've published on the evolving scope of our foundation standard and what that means for you and the industry.

Respectfully submitted,

Victor Hertz
Accredited Language Services
15 Maiden Lane (Suite 300)
New York, NY 10038-4011
p. 212-766-4111


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