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ISO Secretary-General Concludes Visit to U.S.

New York, May 09, 2007

Secretary-general of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Alan Bryden recently concluded a three-day visit to the American National Standards Institute for a series of high-level meetings with representatives of the Institute, its members, and key government officials.

The third such visit to ANSI since his appointment as Secretary-General in 2003, the May 2-4 meetings in Washington, DC, provided a platform for the exchange of perspectives on issues of strategic importance.

“Alan’s annual visit provides an important opportunity for a two-way dialogue between ANSI and ISO,” explained Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “He helps us understand ISO’s current priorities and provides insights into the organization’s future direction. In turn, we share ANSI’s perspective on key international issues and reinforce U.S. advocacy of a market-driven approach to international standards and conformity assessment programs.”

On the afternoon of May 2, Robert W. Noth, chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors, led a dynamic dialogue between Bryden and ANSI Board Officers, the Institute’s international governance committees, and ANSI management. Discussions highlighted emerging trends in new fields of standardization. The dialogue then shifted to regional policies, technical assistance and capacity building for developing countries, and ISO’s relationships with government bodies. ISO liaisons with other international organizations and the implications for ISO member bodies were also explored.

Mr. Bryden was the featured guest speaker at the ANSI Board of Directors meeting on May 3, which afforded participants an opportunity to dialogue further with the ISO secretary-general.

On May 3 and 4, ANSI organized and facilitated meetings between Mr. Bryden and key government officials at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

“I believe we served well the causes of ISO, ANSI and the USA,” said Mr. Bryden following his visit. “The week was well planned, and the meetings and discussions were enlightening for me. They have helped to capture U.S. expectations of ISO and to serve our constituencies better.”

For further information, please contact Steven P. Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (

On May 23-24, ANSI will host the third ANSI Conference on U.S. Leadership in Chicago, IL, bringing together representatives from the U.S. standardization community for dialogue, collaboration, and the development of strategies and tactics on key issues impacting global standards-setting.

The conference is open to U.S. officers of ISO and IEC Technical Committees and Subcommittees, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) officers and administrators, Heads of Delegations to ISO and IEC meetings, and technical experts participating in U.S. TAG and IEC and ISO activities. For details, and to register, please visit the event webpage.

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