International Standards Organization Meets in Las Vegas

Sponsored by Corning Incorporated and other optical companies

Alexandria, VA (November 4, 2010) – The optical arm of the International Standards Organization (ISO) met in Las Vegas in September to continue its work in developing standards for global use. Over 120 participants from 13 countries joined in this meeting, which was hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z80.

At the meeting, new standards for spectacle frames and lenses were among the topics discussed by experts. Areas of discussion included defining the content of electronic catalogs to aid international trade, control of metals that may cause allergic reactions in some individuals and mounted pairs of lenses. Other topics included ophthalmic instruments, contact lenses, optical and non-optical ophthalmic implants.

Participants also had the opportunity to network and consider the differing needs of the several regional markets with the goal of achieving consensus on standards that that will benefit all suppliers and consumers internationally. The meeting was highlighted by a gala, hosted by the ASC Z80.

“The ISO meetings held in September were very productive” said ASC Z80 secretariat Ken Wood of The Vision Council. “Standards are essential to our industry and aid our efforts to achieve efficient global trade and uniformly high quality for all eyewear and ophthalmic devices.”

The meeting was made possible by generous support of Bronze Level sponsors Corning Incorporated and Vistakon, Silver Level sponsors the Advanced Medical Technology Association, A&R Optical Machinery and Jobson Medical Information, LLC., and Gold Level sponsors the American Academy of Ophthalmology and NSL Analytical Services. Platinum level sponsors include the American Optometric Association, Essilor of America, International Vision Expo West and Luxottica Retail.

For more information on the ISO meeting or the work of the ANSI Z80 committees, please contact Amber Robinson, manager of member and technical services for The Vision Council, at (703) 740-1094 or at arobinson@thevisioncouncil.org.

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