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ANSI Wishes its Members a Safe, Happy and Successful New Year


New York, Dec 29, 2006

As 2006 draws to a close, the ANSI staff would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support during the past year.

ANSI is proud of its many accomplishments during 2006. The Institute launched the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP)—its fourth standards panel to date—in partnership with the Better Business Bureau to fill the need for a coordinated assessment of the standards and guidelines addressing the spectrum of identity-related issues. The IDSP is the first initiative of its kind to take a cross-sector approach to facilitating the development of voluntary consensus standards that will assist the public and private sectors in minimizing the scope and scale of identity theft and fraud.

The Institute’s previously established standards panels stepped forward with solid standards-based solutions to other emerging national and global priorities. The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) delivered to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services three interoperability specifications in the areas of electronic health records, biosurveillance, and consumer empowerment that will support the development of a nationwide health information network for the United States. The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) continued to serve at the forefront of emergency preparedness efforts, bringing together a range of experts to identify areas where standards and conformity assessment programs can be most effective. The ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) is helping to shape U.S. involvement in nanotechnology activities arising in the international arena.

The Institute’s membership base experienced healthy growth in 2006, as new and diverse organizations sought the strategic benefits of ANSI’s programs and services. ANSI’s accreditation services program also saw a great deal of growth in its conformity assessment portfolio this year, and is poised to expand into markets including inspection, auditing and laboratory accreditation.

The Institute experienced significant progress in its publications sales arm, expanding standards collections on the eStandards Store and adding new services and features. With the relaunch of the NSSN (http://www.nssn.org), ANSI added major enhancements to its standards search engine, including new content, a streamlined, user-friendly design, greater speed, and improved search functionality. As a key component of its efforts to expand outreach internationally, ANSI partnered with the Standardization Administration of China and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop the U.S.-China Standards Portal (www.StandardsPortal.org), an online resource designed to facilitate the cross border trade of goods and services between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

Via the Ad Hoc Group on Extended Outreach formed earlier this year, ANSI garnered greater participation and cooperation with the broader spectrum of U.S.-based standards and conformity assessment communities. The effort is in alignment with the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), which urged ANSI to promote cooperation and coherence within the U.S. standards system. The Institute continued its progress in promoting awareness and implementation of the USSS, laying a solid foundation upon which the standardization community can to continue to build.

In 2006, ANSI maintained its commitment to fostering strong public-private partnerships and positive relationships with key global partners in support of the U.S. trade agenda. In March, the Institute marked the tenth anniversary of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) with events in Washington, DC. We also recognized the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on the occasion of its centennial this year.

The Institute continues to lead efforts to support the transformation of U.S. innovations into global commerce and to strengthen the long-term competitive position of the U.S. in international markets. We believe that along with these and our many other achievements ANSI will enjoy further success in the New Year.

We would like to extend our best wishes for a safe, happy and successful 2007. We are always open to your comments and suggestions on ways to improve our services.

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