The Vision Council has announced an updated Version 3.12 of the DCS standard for data exchanges between manufacturers of optical lab equipment and software for the production of ophthalmic lenses. The new standard, which is regarded by the American association as a de facto global standard (ISO 16284), includes added definitions for singular and plural records, a modified description of PROC for clarification in plural records, corrections of various structural errors and a new record label, PROCBLK. It also includes a definition of the grammatical number for plural records. The new standard was approved by the U.S. organization's data communications standard committee, chaired by Robert Shanbaum of Ocuco.