U.S. leadership in international standardization plays a crucial role in maintaining the country's global economic status. U.S. organizations can gain a competitive advantage by influencing the standards that help to shape international trade and industry, providing important support to the U.S. economy as a whole. In addition, significant involvement in international standardization allows the U.S. and its representatives to ensure that vital sectors, including the nuclear industry, are effectively safeguarded by proposed international standards.
In its role as the official U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) facilitates the involvement of U.S. stakeholders from the private and public sectors in international standardization work. U.S. experts and leaders in relevant fields are given the opportunity to help determine the future of their industries through active participation in U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to a variety of ISO Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs). U.S. TAGs work to develop and implement U.S. positions on ISO activities, including the approval, revision, and withdrawal of ISO standards.
ASTM International serves as the ANSI-accredited administrator of the U.S. TAG to ISO TC 85, Nuclear energy, as well as to three of its SCs. The U.S. TAG is currently seeking industry, government, and other interested experts to participate in the following ISO groups, which work on a variety of standards related to nuclear power:
For more information about U.S. ISO-related activities, or to express interest in establishing or participating in a U.S. TAG, contact Karen Hughes, ANSI program manager, ISO P membership (firstname.lastname@example.org; 212.642.4992). A list of all current ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO is available here.