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Pacific Area Standards Congress Aligns Work of Global Standards Groups with Safety and Security as Themes

New York, Jul 06, 2005

A delegation of the American National Standards Institute attended the 28th meeting of the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) June 21-23, 2005 in Nagoya, Japan as part of continuing outreach efforts with regional standards-related organizations. PASC serves as a forum to strengthen international standardization programs for nations in the Asia-Pacific region. Hosted by the national standards body of Japan, the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC) of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the week’s meetings included two days for PASC XXVIII, the 21st meeting of the PASC Standing Committee (SC) chaired by ANSI vice president of international policy Gary Kushnier, and a networking event at the 2005 World Expo being held near Nagoya in Aichi.

Presentations and discussion during the PASC meeting agenda included an update on progress made on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) path towards Horizon 2010 based on the ISO 2005- 2010 Strategy, the ISO Code of Ethics, the ISO Five Year Action Plan for Developing Countries, and the ISO Policy of Global Relevance. PASC members were urged to express their support of the ISO Global Relevance policy when speaking on the subjects of standards and conformity assessment with European Commission officials. PASC also encouraged implementation of the recommendations presented by Dr. George Arnold, head of the ANSI delegation and chair of the ISO Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) on Security. Among the recommendations were a call for increased participation in the work of the SAG on Security, and a call for PASC members to provide input to the ISO Central Secretariat concerning the establishment of a web portal on the subject of security.

Mr. Matthias Funfschilling, treasurer of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) gave a presentation on the progress made to date of the IEC’s Master Plan 2005 –2010. PASC recognized the importance of greater involvement of developing country members in the work of the IEC and welcomed the organization’s initiatives to revise its policy related to “C” class membership and affiliates, which is intended to allow for more active participation by less industrialized economies. PASC further requested the IEC to communicate developments in this area and to provide more details on the role of its regional centers.

The PASC meeting highlighted the importance of the strong relations and synergies between ISO, IEC and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) (known collectively as the World Standards Cooperation - WSC) and encouraged the organizations to continue to work towards closer collaboration, with particular focus on the issue of intellectual property rights (IPR) policy.

A special session was held on “Standards for a Safer World,” which included presentations addressing the 2004 tsunami disaster and recommendations encouraging standards development experts to work closer with seismology and tsunami experts. It was agreed that sharing between PASC members of information on early warning systems and disaster recovery could be crucial in the areas of environment, accessibility, unexpected serious events, and metrology.

PASC XXIX will be held in May 3-6, 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa. PASC XXX in 2007 will be held jointly with the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) in Cartagena, Colombia. PASC XXXI will be hosted by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) in 2008. For more information, contact Steven Bipes, ANSI program manager – regional and bilateral programs (; 202-331-3607).

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