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AFNOR Group's services offer is now more widely accessible in North America following conclusion of a partnership with the company BQS (Bureau of Quality Surveillance). This is AFNOR Group's 39th location in the world.
In mid-May, 16 out of the 58 representatives of the International Organization for Standardization's member countries voted against the draft voluntary standard on occupational health & safety (ISO/DIS 45001), at least in its current version. Discussions are ongoing.
The future voluntary standard ISO 20400 will provide organizations, irrespective of their size or activity, with guidance on integrating social responsibility into their purchasing process as defined in ISO 26000. The countries present around the table have decided to extend the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage in order to fine-tune the text.
From 10 June to 10 July, spectators expected at the Stade de France for Euro 2016 will find 14 original large scale sketches displayed outside the AFNOR building on Plaine Saint-Denis, ideally located between the stadium and the RER B train station. Illustrator Nestor Salas has imagined some absurd situations that would be unthinkable on a football pitch or in a stadium, thanks to voluntary standards.
AFNOR has coordinated development of a French standard for the evaluation of hygiene in commercial catering establishments. The tool can be used by caterers themselves or by accredited food safety inspection bodies.
A new bilateral cooperation agreement was recently signed to foster closer relations between France and China on voluntary standards. Initial steps in this project driven by evident economic benefits.