Falls Church, VA and Lawndale, CA, July 27, 2005 – The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 is pleased to announce that GEFEG is contributing its EDIFIX® 6.0 CICA Editor for use in X12 standards development using ASC X12’s new framework, Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA). The EDIFIX 6.0 CICA Editor is the first product on the market that enables users to generate CICA constructs and data models.

As CICA message development proliferates in ASC X12, ASC X12 has revamped and enhanced its Tools for Members program and called for technology provider contributions to help accelerate and harmonize the development of CICA components across the Committee.

“We are so pleased to have longtime X12 member GEFEG offer its new product that supports CICA message construction through the ASC X12 Tools for Members program,” said ASC X12 Chair Ralph Berwanger. “We can not overstate the value of GEFEG’s contribution to our standards development.”

The CICA Editor belongs to the GEFEG EDIFIX product line. GEFEG EDIFIX supports companies in modeling, creating, testing and documenting guidelines based on international EDI business standards, like ASC X12, UN/EDIFACT, and XML business schemas. The EDIFIX CICA Editor includes such features as the ability to modify CICA constructs, link CICA constructs to X12 EDI code lists, and maintain multiple versions of CICA constructs. GEFEG is actively involved in national and international standards organizations including ASC X12, ISO TC154, UN/CEFACT, AIAG, STAR, AIA, EDIFICE, and others.

“GEFEG is honored to have the opportunity to participate in this exciting new chapter of X12 history. CICA offers potential benefits to both EDI and XML implementers. We look forward to working with X12 members to assist them in taking advantage of the added value that CICA offers,” said Sylvia Webb, Managing Partner of GEFEG US.

ASC X12 members meet face-to-face three times per year to develop X12 standards, with the next meeting taking place September 25-30, 2005 in Atlanta. Additional information on ASC X12 CICA, tools for X12 members, membership and upcoming meetings can be found on its web site at www.X12.org.

About Accredited Standards Committee X12
The Accredited Standards Committee X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards using its syntax neutral Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA) and X12 EDI syntax. X12 standards interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as a premier tool for integrating electronic applications. With more than 2,500 individuals representing 350+ corporate members, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information through standards-setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives. Propelling global e-business, ASC X12 is an active contributor to the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of good and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.X12.org or call 703-970-4480.

About GEFEG
GEFEG is an internationally renowned software development, professional services, and training company with a strong focus on national and international eBusiness standards. Founded in 1990, the company has a long history and extensive experience in IT standards and the use of business documents in electronic business. GEFEG’s goal is to support companies to accomplish consistent and qualified business data standards and specifications, and thus achieve substantial timesavings in the design, implementation, and subsequent maintenance phases of business communications projects. For additional information, visit http://www.gefeg.com/en/.

For additional information, contact:

DISA, on behalf of ASC X12
Julia O’Brien
606-356-2999
jobrien@disa.org

GEFEG
Sylvia Webb
310-370-3410
swebb@gefeg