Falls Church, VA, May 12, 2008 – The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, the organization charged with developing cross-industry EDI and XML standards, is initiating a dialogue with its user community and the business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), and consumer-to-consumer (C2C) standards community at large to discuss and gather requirements for the potential design of a new message wrapper, which would serve as an alternative to the current envelope.

A new envelope structure would accommodate standards other than X12 and result in the seamless movement of data across supply chain, health care, financial and text messaging networks around the world.

ASC X12 brings a long and rich history of building bridges across multiple industry verticals and is key to driving the development of a new message wrapper that meets today’s technology and trading partner requirements. Individuals responsible for organizations technical investments, technical architecture or maintenance of systems’ ongoing operation are encouraged to voice their input.

To participate in this requirements gathering discussion and to learn more about ASC X12’s new mission and vision, take part in an ASC X12 webinar on Thursday, May 15 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. by registering here and a face-to-face meeting, focusing entirely on new envelope requirements, on Tuesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Sheraton New Orleans. Visit www.X12.org to register for the June New Orleans meeting.

About ASC X12
The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979, develops electronic data interchange (EDI) standards and related documents for national and global markets. With more than 315 X12 EDI standards and a growing collection of X12 XML schemas, ASC X12 enhances business processes, reduces costs and expands organizational reach. ASC X12’s diverse member base includes 3,000+ standards experts representing over 340 companies from multiple business domains. To learn more about ASC X12 and how to participate in its vital standards-setting role for health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government and many other industries, visit www.disa.org, or call 703-970-4480.

For additional information:
E-mail: pr@DISA.org
Phone: (703) 970-4480

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