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NIST Seeks Recommendations for Standards Workshops that Enhance Trade


New York, May 29, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is inviting interested parties to submit recommendations for workshops targeting specific sectors, countries, or regions where training in the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system could help to facilitate trade. NIST will consider recommendations to determine which workshops would be most useful to intended audiences.

NIST’s Standards in Trade Workshops are a major activity of the Global Standards and Information Group in the NIST Standards Services Division. The weeklong workshops are designed to familiarize foreign standards officials with U.S. technology and practices in standards development, metrology, and conformity assessment.

Specific workshop objectives aim to describe the roles of the U.S. government and the private sector in developing and implementing standards; promote U.S. understanding of the standards and conformity assessment systems in the invited country or region; and foster professional contacts as a basis for strengthening technical ties and enhancing trade.

Workshop recommendations must describe the intended goals to be attained, why they are important, as well as U.S. and foreign stakeholders that are likely to participate. Topics must be linked to NIST activities and/or research. In submitting recommendations, commenters are encouraged to consider Administration priorities as outlined in the 2006 National Export Strategy.

All recommendations must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on June 21, 2007. Recommendations and inquires may be submitted to Ellen Emard, NIST technical information specialist, at ellen.emard@nist.gov or by U.S. mail (100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899). For complete details on submitting recommendations, please review the May 22 Federal Register notice.

Additional information about the NIST Standards in Trade Workshops, including schedules and summary reports for workshops held to date and participant information, is available here.

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