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SES 2018 Annual Conference


Registration for the 67th SES Annual Conference is now open! Click here for details and registration!




“Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization”

With Keynote Speaker,

Kathie Morgan, President ASTM International


Starting on Monday, August 6 with a pre conference course, a Welcome Reception, followed by two days of technical sessions and a free workshop on Thursday August 9th.

The Inn at Opryland is the site for the
67th Annual SES Conference
2401 Music Valley DrNashville, Tennessee 37214

Located in Nashville, The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Marriott Hotel is minutes from Texas Troubadour Theatre and Nashville Train Store and Toy Museum; and is within close proximity of Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store and Cooter's Place.


The SES Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations for the following SES Board positions that will expire in 2018

  • Treasurer (officer)
  • Publications Council Director - incumbent eligible for a second term
  • Conference Program Council Director - incumbent eligible for a second term
  • Marketing Council Director - incumbent eligible for a second term
  • Technical Council Director
All elected Society Officers and Council Directors assume their office at the conclusion of the SES annual conference. Nominations are being sought to fill these offices for the two-year term (2018-2020). Nominations and the election to each eligible office shall be in compliance with the SES By-Laws, Article B5: Nominations and Elections. The Secretary, Treasurer, and other members of the Board of Directors, except the Executive Director, may serve a maximum of two consecutive full two-year terms.
This notice serves as the initial call for candidates. Any current SES member having an interest in any of these open board positions is encouraged to contact the chair of the Leadership Development Committee at or no later than January 31, 2018.
After consideration of the candidates, the Leadership Development Committee Chair shall submit to qualified voters, four months prior to the annual conference, by email or by announcement in the official publication of the Society, a list of nominations containing at least one candidate for each Society Office, if applicable, and one candidate for each Council Directorate, if applicable, to be filled.


2018 SES Conference Keynote Speaker Announced


SES - The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) is proud to announce Katharine E. Morgan, president of ASTM International, as the 2018 SES Annual Conference Keynote Speaker. The conference will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 7-8, and her remarks are slated for the morning of Aug. 7.
The theme of the conference is “Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization” and will bring together standards professionals from around the world to share experiences and best practices in standards development and conformity assessment.
“ASTM International is one of the world’s largest organizations for the development of international voluntary consensus standards and Kathie is a respected leader in the global standards community,” said Edward Miskoski, SES President. “We look forward to sharing with our conference attendees her lessons learned over three decades at ASTM International, as well as her thoughts on the future.”
Morgan began her career at ASTM supervising the standards development work of several technical committees, rising to become a director in 1990. In 2001, she was named general manager of the technical committee support department, overseeing symposia, workshops, international activities, committee services, meeting services, and contract management services. In 2007, Morgan was appointed vice president of Technical Committee Operations where she directed a 50-member team, leading efforts to create, track, evaluate, and adjust strategic business plans. In addition, Morgan helped guide organization-wide policies, finances and partnerships. She assumed the presidency of ASTM International in February 2017.

“It’s an honor to serve as the keynoter for one of the most important gatherings of standards professionals in the world each year,” said Morgan. “Our community is evolving in exciting new ways, as the theme suggests, and I look forward to being part of that dialogue at SES.”
Morgan is one of the world’s prominent voices on standardization related issues. In addition to SES, she is a member of the American National Standards Institute’s Board of Directors, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Executives, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, the American Society of Association Executives, and former member of the Standards Council of Canada’s Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee.
Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania as well as a master’s in business administration from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. 
Watch Katherine discuss standards and ASTM International at this link
 (  Follow her on Twitter at @astmpres.

SES – The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

SES and SCC are both committed to the development and promotion of standards and conformity assessment professionals.  As a result, SES and SCC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding intended to join forces to assist the standards community.  The MOU was signed during the annual SES conference held in Denver, Colorado in August 2016.  Under the agreement, SES and SCC will cooperate and promote standards educational offerings, share relevant news of interest to members, promote North American standards and conformity assessment harmonization, collaborate on joint webinars to the benefit of members, and collaborate on new initiatives and programs targeting students and young professionals. Click here for the full News Release.

September/October Issue of Standards Engineering

The September/October issue always highlights the SES annual conference - celebrate this year’s award winners and honor the incoming Board of Directors and the SES committees, plus the full text of the president’s State of the Society address. This year we were co-located with the IFAN Members Assembly, the ICES conference, and the World Standards Cooperation Academic Day, and provide a report on those activities as well. In the news, note the academic challenge sponsored by SES member CSA Group in Canada, and note that US participants are allowed. 

SES to Review SES2 2011 Model Procedure for the Development of Standards.

SES SC has started the review of its SES2 2011 Model Procedure for the Development of Standards. Some of the areas identified for review are:

  • Consensus requirements – the three current “Options” would become examples;  other popular ones could be added.  The committee is considering what to do with abstentions?
  • Opportunity to vote – letter ballots, vote during meetings, etc.
  • Disposition of comments –treatment for those submitted with affirmative or negative votes, options to address them and get consensus on resolutions, level of consensus needed function of the stage of the approval process.

To submit comments or suggestions around these areas email

SES Recording and Slides Webinar - Sponsored by Techstreet a division of Clarivate

SES-3 - The Essential Framework for Joint Standards Development

Recent trends in standards development indicate an increase in efforts where two or more organizations enter into an agreement for the development and publication of a Joint Standard. SES-3 was published in 2016 to provide guidance to interested parties by outlining the key components of a Joint Standards Agreement and a recommended process for managing the development of Joint Standards. This webinar presents an overview of the SES-3 standard.

Download the recording or the slides of the November 2016 Webinar presented by two members of the SES Publications Committee, Mark Ramlochan, Standards Project Manager at ULC Standards, and Tricia Sena, Standards Project Manager at UL Standards.

Click here to view the recording

Click here to view the slides

Now Available!! SES 3:2016, Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development

This recommended practice provides guidance to Standards Development Organizations for the development of Joint Standards by outlining the key components of a Joint Standards Agreement and a recommended process for managing the development of Joint Standards. Click here for more information on SES 3 and to purchase your copy!

NEWS RELEASE - ICC Assist Efforts of SES in Providing Support for SDOs

The International Code Council is pleased to be collaborating with SES - The Society for Standards Professionals in the distribution of two key resources design to assist Standard Developers and others who utilize or are involved in the standards development process. These two publications,ANSI/SES-1:2013, Recommended Practice for Designation and Organization of Standards and SES-2:2012, Model Procedure for the Development of Standards provide guidance for those interested in the effective creation and implementation of standards. Click here to read the full News Release

SES Refer A Friend (RAF) Program

Refer business associates or friends who you think can benefit from a SES membership, and be rewarded. Through the SES Refer a Friend (RAF) Program, SES rewards your efforts to promote SES and recruit new Members. Entering is easy. Complete the “Refer a Friend” section on the SES Website under My Profile and we’ll take care of the rest. The SES website will track the members who have joined via your invitation.
Click here for program details.

Standards Engineering

The bi-monthly journal of SES, Standards Engineering brings together, in one place, an easy-to-read accumulation of timely articles, best practices, advice on processes, and new technology innovations, and a series of feature columns by some of the profession's best thinkers and active participants. The journal can be viewed in multiple e-pub formats, log in to the Member's Only area of this site to view the current and historical editions of Standards Engineering.

SES and IP-Shield Announce the IP Alliance

SDOs lose revenue via unintentional and sometimes illegal distribution of their standards. While we may never be able to police the infringement from unauthorized sales, we CAN support the SDOs by calling attention to common misuses in the workplace. SES and IP-Shield bring you the IP Alliance, which believes education is the key to stopping copyright infringement. By joining the alliance we provide you with resources including a short video to post on your website to help your users mitigate risk. For more information visit: IP Alliance.

SES Sponsored Training

In partnership with IP-Shield, SES offers Standards Aware™, a collection of 8 IACET approved courses designed for anyone who develops, uses, references, or distributes standards. From new hires and recent college graduates, to seasoned engineers and professionals across industries, this collection offers something for everyone. Users can take individual courses relevant to their needs, or the entire series. Curious to learn more, take a sneak peak here:

Learn more about modules and pricing!

SES Online Store

Click here to visit the SES Online Store for standards-related publications and professional development courses.


Interested in learning more about the benefits of individual or organizational membership in SES?  Go to membership to find out how to join and why standards professionals choose to belong to SES.

United States Standards Strategy (USSS) - Third Edition

The United States Standards Strategy provides a framework that can be used by all interested parties to further advance trade issues, and a vision for the future of the U.S. standards system in today’s globally competitive economy.  To access the Strategy click here.

Canadian Standards Strategy

The purpose of the Canadian Standards Strategy (CSS) is to provide direction and leadership on how to best use standardization to advance the social and economic well-being of Canadians in a global economy.  A key priority is balancing health, safety and environmental concerns with trade, innovation and economic competitiveness.  To view the Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012 click here.


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