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U.S. Celebration of
World Standards Day 2023


Thursday, October 12, 2023

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

World Standards Day is hosted by the U.S. Celebration of WSD planning committee—co-chaired by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—and ASTM International served as the 2023 administrating organization. It is a widely attended event that is co-sponsored and attended by federal government agencies to recognize and honor the many contributions of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment community.

The 2023 program highlighted the theme “A Shared Vision for a Better World," honoring the 2023 recipient of the Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award—astronaut Michael López-Alegría—and the winner of the WSD Paper Competition, Muhammad Ali, HP senior standards strategy and policy leader.

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) will serve as the administrating organization for the 2024 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day.

2023 Theme: Shared Vision for a Better World 

In today’s global, interconnected world, collaboration furthers our shared goals. The standardization system has the greatest impact when all stakeholders work together—from the public and private sector; to national and international representatives; to consumers, industry, governments, academia, and non-governmental organizations. United, we can achieve more through standardization, developing solutions to the complex global challenges of sustainability, safety, security and climate change…and leaving a better, more resilient, and more equitable world for the next generation.

U.S. WSD Planning Committee

World Standards Day was initially launched in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated by nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from the standards and conformity assessment community, and co-chaired by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Participation in the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee is open to all. If your organization is interested in joining the WSD Committee and being part of the annual U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, please reach out to Stephanie Carroll (; 212-642-4890). The WSD Committee meets monthly.

View the WSD Committee roster

Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award

The Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade. This special award is presented during the U.S. World Standards Day celebration.

Staff Contact

Stephanie Carroll

Senior Manager, Meetings and Events