NACE- SSPC Discussions update #4 - Standards and Committees Considerations Q&A

This is the fourth of a series of messages to keep you informed throughout ongoing discussions between NACE and SSPC leadership regarding a possible combined association.

Previous updates are accessible by clicking on the link to each message.

Ongoing Update Schedule
Update #1 - January 10 - Overview and Process of Discussions and Decision Making
Update #2 - January 17 - Certification Considerations Q&A
Update #3 - January 24 - Membership Considerations Q&A - Part 1
Update #4 - January 31 - Standards and Committees Considerations Q&A
Update #5 - February 7 - SSPC Board Meeting and Annual Conference Update
Update #6 - February 14 - Next Steps in the Discussion Process
Update #7 - February 21 - Education Considerations Q&A
Update #8 - February 28 - Membership Considerations Q&A - Part 2
Update #9 - March 6 - Review of Member FAQs
Update #10 – March 13 – TBD
Update #11 - NACE Board Meeting and Annual Conference Update

For more than 70 years, NACE and SSPC have developed industry-respected standards that are referenced worldwide. In fact, the organizations have worked together on multiple standards over the years, including 15 joint standards, 2 joint visual guides, and 6 joint technical papers.

In considering a combined organization, members leading these discussions have agreed that this is an opportunity to renew focus on developing standards that meet the needs of the entire international community of members, asset protection professionals and corporations. By working together the associations can streamline the process of standards development, adoption, and implementation for the entire industry.

In order to efficiently combine the best of any overlapping NACE and SSPC programs, a model has been considered which consists of the development of member-led program committees which would be responsible for providing recommendations and planning support to staff for distinct programmatic areas such as standards development.
Both NACE and SSPC standards and programs would have a board liaison responsible for providing strategic guidance to the program committee and reporting progress back to the board.

One question that members have posed is: How will existing standards be treated with relation to maintenance and revisions?
If the decision is made to create a combined organization, existing standards will continue to be maintained according to current processes and procedures. There will be an opportunity to reconfigure the standards writing and revision process to make it more efficient, so standards development may be quicker, more efficient, and responsive to industry changes.

In order to advance the next generation of industry standards and best practices, top technical expertise needs a forum and framework to bring emerging theory in asset protection into practice. By joining forces both organizations would potentially create that forum.

Following is a timeline of upcoming discussion-related milestones.
February 1-2 - SSPC Board of Governors Meeting
February 3, 4, 5 - SSPC hosts Town Hall meetings at Coatings+2020 in Long Beach
February 24 - NACE Board of Directors holds update meeting
March 14 - NACE Board of Directors Meeting
March 16, 17, 18, 19 - NACE hosts Town Hall meetings at CORROSION 2020 in Houston

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Please check here next Friday, February 7 for Update #5 - SSPC Board Meeting and Annual Conference Update.