Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal
The Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal honors distinguished
service in promoting the understanding and application of conformity assessment
methods as a means of providing confidence in standards compliance for the
The award is named for Gerald H. Ritterbusch, retired director of standards and
regulations at Caterpillar. There, he led standards development efforts in the
earth-moving industry which included serving as chair of International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 127, Earth-moving machinery.
In addition, Mr. Ritterbusch made many contributions to ANSI governance through
long-standing service on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and the
Company Member Forum. A stalwart champion in the formative years of ANSI’s
Accreditation Programs and voice of industry needs, he was chair of ANSI’s
Board Committee on Conformity Assessment (precursor of today’s Conformity
Assessment Policy Committee) as well as chair of the Joint Oversight Board
of the ANSI-RAB National Accreditation Program (predecessor to the ANSI-ASQ
National Accreditation Board, or ANAB). Mr. Ritterbusch was also the recipient
of the Howard Coonley Medal in 2002.
2010 was the first year that nominations were accepted for this award.
Recipients of the Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal have been:
Keith A. Mowry
Gerald H. Ritterbusch