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Increased Collaboration of Standardization Efforts a Focus at CEN-CENELEC Meeting

New York, Jun 09, 2006

More than two hundred delegates from national and regional standards bodies around the globe gathered this week in Thessaloniki, Greece, for the second annual meeting of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC). The meeting hosted delegates from more than fifty nations to explore opportunities for greater cooperation of regional standards activities.

Discussions centered around the fundamental value of standards in driving and enabling international commerce, and on examining ways in which cross-regional partnerships would further encourage global trade and market access. A panel comprised of representatives from the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality, the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization, MERCOSUR Standardization Association, the African Organization for Standardization, CEN, CENELEC, the European Commission, and the Pan American Standards Commission sought to identify strategies to strengthen communication ties and boost collaboration and harmonization between regional standardization activities.

To facilitate the exchange of information between national standards bodies, the meeting featured presentations by delegates from Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Japan and the United States. Frank Kitzantides, a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors and vice-president of the International Electrotechnical Commission, provided an overview of the U.S. standardization system, the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), and U.S. involvement in the international standards arena.

“The U.S. standardization system has . . . organized itself to respond to emerging national and global priorities as they are identified,” said Mr. Kitzantides. “The United States considers standards to be a fundamental factor in the nation’s economy and vital to world commerce.”

Mr. Kitzantides called for international standards forums to work together to achieve globally relevant and internationally accepted standards that support commerce and trade while protecting the environment, health, safety, and security.

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