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U.S. Standardization Community Gathers in Celebration of World Standards Day 2018

Event Highlighted Standardization's Role in Supporting an "Innovation Nation"


To recognize and celebrate the critical role of various stakeholders across the standards community, over 200 stakeholders, including business leaders, industry, academia, and government, members of the broader U.S. standardization community gathered last night at the Fairmont Hotel Georgetown in Washington DC, for the 2018 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day at an exhibition and gala dinner. The event included the presentation of the 2018 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership award, named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

ANSI served as the event’s 2018 administrating organization, in honor of its 100-year anniversary.

The ceremony included introductory remarks from Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Science and Technology and Director, NIST. NIST, which co-chaired the event with ANSI this year, partners with stakeholders to bring unique technical expertise to advance adoption of emerging technologies, including Artificial intelligence, or AI.

The 2018 WSD theme commemorates voluntary standards and conformity assessment’s fundamental role in supporting a safe and efficient “Innovation Nation.” With an ever-expanding array of technological innovations are changing the way Americans work and live every day, voluntary standards and conformity assessment help fuel that transformation across nearly every industry – building on established technologies and deploying cutting-edge advancements with better safety, efficiency, and reliability.

A gallery of photos from the U.S. event is available on ANSI's Flickr page.

The event honored Arthur E. Cote, (pictured left, below) former executive vice president and chief engineer (retired) at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), who was selected by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Mr. Cote was recognized for his globally impactful contributions to NFPA, ANSI, and other domestic and international organizations, and was honored for his role as a leading advocate of the voluntary standards community, for over four decades. (See related article: Arthur E. Cote Named 2018 Recipient of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award).

WSD 2018 concluded with a baton pass to the 2019 administrating organization, the American Petroleum Institute (API).

“As co-chair of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee, ANSI salutes every volunteer, standards developing organization, and our many other partners and stakeholders across the public and private sectors,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI's president and CEO. "Reflecting on 100 years of standardization leadership since our founding in 1918, ANSI is proud to serve as the 2018 Administrating Organization, and we gratefully acknowledge the impact our community has made in American progress, competitiveness, and quality of life."

View all event photos on ANSI's Flickr page

About World Standards Day

World Standards Day was initially launched in 1970, and is now celebrated by nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from the standards and conformity assessment community.

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