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The “Patient-Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) is the latest in health care quality initiatives. In a PCMH, a medical team—led by a patient’s primary physician—continuously coordinates and manages the patient’s health care throughout their life. The transition is being led by the promise of paying physicians for the quality of the care they give rather than the number of patients they treat.

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ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard that consists of general requirements for testing and calibration laboratories. The standard provides accreditation for the procedures carried out by these laboratories, ensuring consumers that the products are safe. It assures customers that a lab is technically competent, and is able to generate technically valid results. ISO/IEC 17025 is an update from its 1999 version in that it is compatible with ISO 9001.

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ISO 13485 is an international standard that ensures that medical device organizations meet global quality management system regulations. Its aim is to provide consumers with safer medical devices and services.

Based on the eight quality management system regulations of ISO 9001 and its goal of conformity, this standard was created with the purpose of synchronizing all medical quality management systems across the globe. ISO 13485 is created for all organizations in the medical device industry (production, design, etc) and its related fields.

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Bright Minds, a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) mentoring program, provides a chance for students interested in manufacturing to get an in-depth look into the industry. Students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in rapid prototyping, tooling, and additive manufacturing. Under the guidance of a mentor, students find themselves getting hands-on experience in the world of product and prototype development and learning about possible careers.

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The international quality standard, ISO 22000—"Food safety management systems—Requirements for any organization in the food chain" ensures that no matter how many times food changes hands, the food products, according to their intended use, are safe for the consumer. Published in September 2005, ISO 22000 applies to food safety management with the intention of making the supply chain stronger and hazard free.

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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally accepted, voluntary certification program created by the United State Green Building Council. The program measures a building’s energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions, environmental indoor quality, stewardship of resources, and sensitivity when considering its environmental impact. LEED provides building owners and operators with the tools to identify how green policies can be better implemented in the areas of design, construction, operation, and maintenance. It’s main focus points are:

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As part of President Obama's recently implemented National Fuel Efficiency policy, legislation regarding greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is underway that could have a significant impact on some manufacturers. House Resolution 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Henry Waxman (D-California) and Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), currently sits on the House floor. The legislation aims to reduce global warming pollution created by large power sources.

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The ISO 14064 series of standards for greenhouse gas accounting and verification was published March, 1, 2006, by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is an international standard aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as for emissions trading.

According to ISO, the standard is broken into three parts, focusing on organization, design, and consistency:

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The European Union is working to make products safer for consumers and manufacturers alike. Its new regulations concerning chemicals used in product makeup, REACH, will extend across the pond to affect chemical standards in the United States. The new legislation will make everything from the manufacturing of home cleaners to the home cleaner itself, safer.