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ANSI Invites Expert Participation in Strategy Meeting on Biotechnology Standardization


Washington, DC, Dec 12, 2007

From agriculture and food science to genetics and health care, the biotechnology industry has grown rapidly in recent years. In recognition of the important role of standards and conformity assessment activities in support of this industry and its trade initiatives, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will convene a biotechnology standards strategy meeting on January 10, 2008, in Washington, DC.

What is Biotechnology?
Biotechnology is healthcare… responsible for the creation of more than 200 new therapies and vaccines for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other autoimmune disorders.

Biotechnology is the food we eat… like papayas, soybeans, and corn, as well as pesticides and other agricultural products.

Biotechnology helps our environment… using pollution-eating microbes to clean up hazardous waste.

Biotechnology is industry… creating cleaner manufacturing processes that produce less waste and use less energy.

Biotechnology is genetics… improving criminal investigations and forensics through DNA fingerprinting, and advancing anthropology and wildlife management.

Source: Biotechnology Industry Association

The meeting is being held in advance of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Council Standard Committee on Strategies meeting on January 21-22, 2008, where committee members are expected to begin discussions on international standards development activities in the biotechnology field.

As the U.S. member body to ISO and coordinator of the U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI has invited biotechnology and standardization policy experts from the public and private sectors to participate in the January 10 meeting. By offering their input and expertise, attendees will help ensure effective U.S. leadership of and participation in the ISO biotechnology initiative and any related international standardization activities.

Meeting attendance is by invitation only; interested parties are welcome to contact Mr. Steven Cornish (scornish@ansi.org) for additional information or to express interest in attending.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel