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Standards Workroom

Standards in the printing, publishing and converting industry provide uniform, defined procedures and tools which help users produce quality products that are safe for their customers faster, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

NPES provides leadership in developing national and international standards for the printing industry; including:

  • Safety standards for printing, publishing and converting equipment
  • Technical standards for data exchange, process control, metrology, packaging, etc.

This work is open to anyone having an interest. We especially invite the involvement of the user community.

NPES serves as secretariat to the following American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards committees:

B65 Committee

Develops U.S. safety standards for printing press, bindery and other printing equipment and systems used in the printing, publishing and converting technology industry.

B65 Subcommittees and their Activities

B65 Membership Application

B65 Member Roster

B65 Operating Procedures

Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS)

Develops U.S. technical standards with the goal of having the entire scope of printing, publishing and converting technologies represented in one national standardization and coordination effort.

CGATS Subcommittees and their Activities

CGATS Membership Application

CGATS Member Roster

CGATS Operating Procedures

U.S. Technical Advisory Group (USTAG)

Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 130, Graphic Technology. The US TAG consists of experts from the industry who provide guidance to ANSI on the development of the U.S. position on international standards relating to the graphic arts.

ISO TC 130 Working Groups and their Activities

US TAG Membership Application

US TAG Member Roster

US TAG Operating Procedures

International Color Consortium

NPES also serves as secretariat to the International Color Consortium, an organization devoted to the promotion of the use and adoption of open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management systems.


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Upcoming Events

ICC Meeting

June 27-29, 2017
Prague, Czech Republic

ICC Graphic Arts Experts' Day June 29 2017

June 29
Prague, Czech Republic
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September 26-28, 2017
Dayton, Ohio

ICC Meeting

October 11-12, 2017
Toronto, Canada

TC130/WG5 (Safety/Ergonomics)

October 23-26
Tel Aviv, Israel

TC130 Meeting

December 6-9, 2017
Surakarta, Indonesia

ICC Meeting

February 26-27, 2018
Munich, Germany

ICC Meeting

May 30-31, 2018
Boston, MA

Recently Published Standards

ISO 5776:2016 Graphic technology — Symbols for text proof correction

ISO 12641-1:2016 Graphic technology — Prepress digital data exchange — Colour targets for input scanner calibration — Part 1: Colour targets for input scanner calibration

ISO 12647-7:2016 Graphic technology — Process control for the production of halftone colour separations, proof and production prints — Part 7: Proofing processes working directly from digital data

ISO/TS 15311-1:2016 Graphic technology — Requirements for printed matter for commercial and industrial production — Part 1: Measurement methods and reporting schema

ISO 16762:2016 Graphic technology — Post-press — General requirements for transfer, handling, and storage

ISO 16763:2016 Graphic technology — Post-press — Requirements for bound products

ISO 17972-2:2016 Graphic technology — Colour data exchange format (CxF/X) — Part 2: Scanner target data (CxF/X-2)

ISO 18620:2016 Graphic technology — Prepress data exchange — Tone adjustment curves Exchange

ISO 19445:2016 Graphic technology — Metadata for graphic arts workflow — XMP metadata for image and document proofing

Follow this link to download the entire catalog of published standards