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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

April 18-19, 2017
Tokyo, Japan


May 9-11, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

TC130/WG5 Meeting

May 16-19, 2017
Wiesbaden, Germany

TC130 Working Groups Meeting

June 4-11, 2017
Toronto, Canada

ICC Meeting

June 27-29, 2017
Prague, Czech Republic


September 26-28, 2017
Dayton, Ohio

ICC Meeting

October 11-12, 2017
Toronto, Canada

Recently Published Standards

ISO 17972-1:2015 Graphic technology — Colour data exchange format — Part 1: Relationship to CxF3 (CxF/X)

ISO 17972-4:2015 Graphic technology — Colour data exchange format (CxF/X) — Part 4: Spot colour characterisation data (CxF/X-4)

ISO 18619:2015 Image technology colour management — Black point compensation

ISO 12646:2015 Graphic technology —Displays for colour proofing — Characteristics

ISO 12647-5:2015
Graphic technology — Process control for the manufacture of half-tone colour separations, proof and production prints — Part 5: Screen printing

ISO 2834-2:2015
 Graphic technology — Laboratory preparation test prints — Part 2: Liquid printing inks

Follow this link to download the entire catalog of published standards