August 2021

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U.S. Standards Efforts Support Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials Released in Consumer Products

In an effort to support decision-making related to the safe measurement of manufactured nanomaterials (MNM) released in consumer products, a new technical report co-led by the U.S. and Canada provides guidance for numerous sectors that use MNM. The report was a project of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229, Nanotechnologies, Working Group 3, Health, safety and environment. Experts from the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 229 spearheaded the guidance. ANSI, which administers the U.S. TAG for ISO TC 229, is the U.S. member body to ISO.

Get Involved: Seeking Experts for ISO Strategic Advisory Group on the Environmental, Social and Governance Ecosystem

Respond by August 27: As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI is seeking prospective experts for a newly formed ISO Strategic Advisory Group in the Environmental, Social, and Governance Ecosystem (SAG ESG). ANSI is also seeking members for the ANSI virtual technical advisory group to support the ANSI experts on the ISO SAG ESG.

ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) Launches Accreditation Program for Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) – Certification Program

The ANSI National Accreditation Board, a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSI, has launched a new pilot accreditation program for the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) - Certification Program. The JTI aims to support journalism by recognizing compliance with ethical norms and professional best practices. 

CLEAN Lessons Learned Series to Focus on Steps to Safely Open Economies and Get Back to Work

Attend the virtual CLEAN Lessons Learned Summit, which will highlight efforts in response to COVID-19. A series of monthly live-streamed events, "CLEAN Lessons Learned" features expert-led sessions, covering current best practices, data-driven solutions, and innovative technologies to help people feel confident and safe gathering indoors. 

Weekly Update: ANSI Member Resources Support COVID-19 Response

The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health and safety and the nation’s recovery during the COVID-19 outbreak. ANSI is monitoring, sharing, and promoting appropriate news to highlight these efforts. In this issue:

  • NIH Scientists Develop Faster, Cost-Effective COVID-19 Test
  • Mayo Clinic Q&A Podcast Breaks Down Booster Terminology for COVID-19 Vaccines

ANSI Announces 2022 Dates for World Standards Week Events

Mark your calendars! The celebratory events originally scheduled for World Standards Week 2021, including the ANSI Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, will take place in-person in Washington DC on May 17-20, 2022. Looking ahead, World Standards Week 2022 will take place October 10-14. Both weeks will take place in Washington DC.

ANSI Announces Winners of 2021 Student Paper Competition

ANSI and its Committee on Education (CoE) are pleased to announce that Jannatul Bushra and Habibor Rahman of the University of Arizona are the first-place winners of the annual ANSI student paper competition. The competition, focused on the 2021 theme, "The Use of Standards in the Fight against COVID-19," is part of an ANSI-led effort to raise awareness about the strategic importance of standards and conformance among U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

Latest Issue of ANSI in China Newsletter Now Available

ANSI's international policy department has released the 2021 second quarter edition of its ANSI in China Newsletter, available in English and Chinese versions. The quarterly newsletter updates ANSI members on technical activities, policy decisions, trade matters, and other information of interest.

ANSI Releases July Edition of Government Relations and Public Policy Monthly Update

Access the latest legislative and regulatory initiatives of significant relevance to the standardization community in the July edition of the ANSI Government Relations and Public Policy Monthly Update. The publication is a special new benefit to ANSI members, and is accessible via the government outreach section on ANSI.org.

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People on the Move

People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level professionals contributing to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community. In this issue:

  • Cleo Manuel Stamatos joins ANSI as consumer and legislative outreach manager.
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This Week in Standards Development

Review the latest domestic and international standards proposals, documents for public comment, new initiatives, and other opportunities for U.S. stakeholders to get involved. 




Standards Action, August 20, 2021

ANSI’s key public review vehicle enables effective participation in the standards development process.

77CA7F4B771D4FBE87EAA81207FE9B5E ANSI Annual Report 2019-2020

Released during World Standards Week 2020, the report details key ANSI and affiliate initiatives over the past year, as well as activities on the horizon. 

United States Standards Strategy (USSS)

Updated in 2020, the United States Standards Strategy provides a vision for the future of the U.S. standards system to support U.S. competitiveness, innovation, health and safety, and global trade.


976106CE13B54A84A336DE841B738BC5 United States Conformity Assessment Principles (USCAP)

The United States Conformity Assessment Principles articulates how U.S. conformity assessment activities foster confidence while avoiding the creation of unnecessary barriers to trade.


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