ISA (www.isa.org) established a new organization called the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, a nonprofit entity that will assess automation-related standards compliance. The institute”s charter includes a wide range of standards compliance assessments including software or hardware products, implementation methods, solutions, companies, and individuals. Through the institute the ISA will partner with organizations to assess their conformity to ISA standards.

A Board of Directors will govern the organization and is expected to include senior ISA officers, ISA staff, and directors not necessarily associated with ISA who are appointed for their business experience with standards conformity programs. A managing director will be hired in the coming months to develop and implement the business and operational aspects of the institute.

According to ISA, initial compliance programs will focus on safety, security, and wireless — all of which are areas where there is a lot of activity around standardization.