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U.S. Standards Community Celebrates World Standards Day 2013


New York, Oct 07, 2013

Approximately 250 members of the standards and conformity assessment community gathered in Washington, DC, on October 3 for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2013. The exhibition, reception, and dinner marking the occasion focused on the theme Standards for a World at Work and Play.

The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Toy Industry Association (TIA) served as the administrating organization for this year’s event.

The evening’s festivities included the presentation of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award to Catherine (Kitty) H. Pilarz, senior director of product safety for Mattel/Fisher-Price, who was honored for her outstanding contributions to the development, promulgation, and use of standards bolstering the safety of toys played with by millions of children.

Celebrated annually each fall, World Standards Day pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities and helps to raise awareness of the role that standards play in addressing national and global priorities. The global celebration is coordinated by the principal international standards organizations: the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

“World Standards Day celebrations like ours take place all over the world, and the U.S. Celebration is made possible through the efforts of many organizations,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “It is a partnership between those who develop standards and compliance systems, and those who use them. I am proud to be a part of a standards community that is diverse, dedicated, and motivated to find solutions and create a better tomorrow.”

More information about the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2013 is available at www.wsd-us.org. A selection of photos from the event is available online.

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