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ANSI Signs Several Memoranda of Understanding on the Sidelines of the 2009 ISO General Assembly

New York, Sep 28, 2009

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) held bilateral meetings with several international counterparts from around the globe at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) General Assembly meetings in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier this month.

StandardsPortal Implementation Agreement Signed with Korea

Also this week, ANSI and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) signed an implementation plan for the cooperative development, establishment, and maintenance of a Korean StandardsPortal.

StandardsPortal is an online resource designed to facilitate trade through increased transparency and engagement in standards, regulations, and conformity assessment activities. The primary aim of the StandardsPortal is to answer key questions asked by exporters about the technical requirements of their target markets.

The addition of information on the Korean standards and conformity assessment system on the ANSI StandardsPortal supplements the information already established to date on China, India, and the U.S. system.

The ANSI-KATS Implementation Plan was signed on the sidelines of the ISO General Assembly on September 18, 2009. For the signing, ANSI’s president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia was joined by Insuk Nam, administrator of KATS.

ANSI staff met with the new CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), Bonakele Mehlomakulu, Ph.D.; officials of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), including their new secretary of consumer affairs; and the leadership of the British Standards Institute (BSI), the State Committee of Ukraine for Technical Regulation and Consumer Policy (DSSU), the Standardization Organization for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GSO), the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), the Kazakhstan Institute for Standardization and Certification (KazInSt), Standards Australia (SA), and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

With an eye toward strengthening standardization ties with several of ANSI’s international partners, ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) during the various bilateral meetings, including:

  • An ANSI-DSSU MOU, signed by Bhatia and DSSU head Larysa Losyuk

  • An ANSI-GSO MOU, signed by Bhatia and GSO secretary-general Anwar Alabdulla, Ph.D.

  • An ANSI-KazInSt MOU, signed by Bhatia and the director general of KazInSt Arman Shakkaliyev

Among other commitments outlined in the MOUs, ANSI and the respective national standards bodies pledge to: 1) encourage bilateral relationships, joint business ventures, and information exchange between standards organizations in each country in an effort to stimulate industry-to-industry cooperation, international standardization, and free trade; 2) exchange viewpoints on the activities and work programs of various regional and international standardization and conformity assessment organizations; and 3) facilitate dialogue among national experts in various areas of standardization and conformity assessment.

For more information on the ANSI MOUs, contact Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy (

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