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NIST Issues Request for U.S.-China Workshop Recommendations

New York, Dec 20, 2004

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a request for technical input on a proposed U.S.-China Workshop on Standards and Conformity Assessment in the Federal Register. The two- to three-day workshop is tentatively scheduled to be held in late August or early September 2005.

NIST invites interested parties to submit recommendations for focus areas for the workshop that include input on general policy issues and specific sectors and topics where information exchange about the U.S. and Chinese systems of standards development, conformity assessment, and metrology may facilitate trade. Recommendations must be submitted to NIST no later than 5 pm, EST, January 15, 2005.

NIST intends the proposed workshop to offer an overview of the roles of the government and private sector in both the United States and China, and regional and international organizations engaged in standards development and conformity assessment practices.

According to NIST, “the proposed fourth US-China Workshop on Standards and Conformity Assessment expands the continuing dialog between the U.S. and China to address issues related to development of standards, their adoption and/or implementation, and conformity assessment procedures impacting trade between the two countries. The workshop is designed to provide timely information and facilitate dialog between U.S. and Chinese industry and government experts on developments both in general policy matters and issues in specific sectors, and to explore means for future collaboration.”

For further information or to submit recommendations, contact Dr. Ajit Jillavenkatesa of NIST(

To view the Federal Register notice and requirements for submission of recommendations, click here.

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