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Compliance Lacks Control

Posted June 25, 2008 8:17 AM

The ISA's Automation Standard Compliance Institute is rapidly expanding its resources to include wireless, security, plus ISA88 and ISA95 compliance. That sounds good, but the trouble is, vendor and end-user companies have been asked for huge annual fees ($50,000) to join, so what's to prevent a major vendor from dominating the process? With volunteer oversight, there are no direct controls, which means the people who write the standards have little or no say in how the compliance system works. Should the management structure be changed?

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06/26/2008 7:54 AM

"...the people who write the standards have little or no say in how the compliance system works..."

Standards creation without compliance control. Doesn't sound much like "standards" to me, merely empty promises... As to "a major vendor dominating the process", one merely needs to look at computer OS creation to see the result of that fiasco! A license to mint money on the hoof.

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