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U.S.-Led ISO Technical Committee Receives Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award for Excellence

New York, Oct 03, 2006

The U.S.-led International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee that develops International Standards for the oil and gas industry was recently granted the prestigious Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award. Presented annually at the ISO General Assembly, the award recognizes ISO technical committees and subcommittees for excellence in creative and innovative standards development.

ISO president Professor Masami Tanaka applauded ISO Technical Committee (TC) 67, Materials, equipment and offshore structures for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries, for its strong leadership, project management focus, and use of production metrics to keep the committee’s work aligned with its vision and strategy.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) serves as the secretariat of ISO/TC 67 on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the official U.S. representative to the ISO. The committee is chaired by Cheryl Stark of BP; David Miller, API standards program director, serves as secretary.

Tanaka also commended the committee for forging strong partnerships with industry, and mitigating duplication of work through its relationships with API and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). According to an ISO press release, the committee is recognized for having remained closely attuned to the needs of its stakeholders, using in-depth market studies to identify future standards needs.

Embracing the vision statement global standards, used locally worldwide, ISO/TC 67 comprises more than 1,000 technical experts from more than fifty countries around the globe. The committee has developed more than 120 International Standards for the oil and gas sectors since 1998.

“The current rise in oil prices and the consequent need to optimize exploration and production through international standards underlines the topicality of this committee's work,” said Professor Tanaka.

The ISO Council established the Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award for Excellence in Creative and Innovative ISO/TC/SC Services and Initiatives in 2002, as a tribute to ISO’s late Secretary-General, who served from 1986 to 2002.

More information about the work of this technical committee can be found on the ISO/TC 67 webpage (