Mr. Tretler also had the opportunity to discuss accreditation for emissions trading schemes and related topics with Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA), as well as possible U.S.-China cooperation in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the China Brand Promotion Association (CBPA). In addition, Mr. Tretler traveled to Shandong province to visit the Shandong Standardization Research Institute (SSRI), which has previously sent guest researchers to ANSI and maintains a prominent role among provincial-level standardization offices in China. During the visit, Mr. Tretler and department staff led a workshop with approximately 80 private-sector representatives from Shandong and the surrounding area on the U.S. standards system and ANSI engagement in ISO policy and governance.
Another highlight of Mr. Tretler's visit was the opportunity to host the ANSI China Appreciation Reception for members and partner organizations. Hosted by the ANSI China Roundtable, the gathering is an important annual tradition for ANSI's China program. Each year, attendees tout the reception as an invaluable opportunity to network among the unique group of key players in the U.S.-China standards realm. During the reception, Mr. Tretler provided a welcome address highlighting 2016 accomplishments for the ANSI in China program, including the organization of nine workshops under the U.S.-China SCCP and the quarterly publication of the ANSI in China newsletter. Mr. Tretler also thanked ANSI's members and partners for their continued support.