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Improving Safety and Security through Standards: 2005 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day

ASME's Richard E. Feigel receives Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award

Washington, DC, Oct 06, 2005

Nearly 200 members of the standards and conformity assessment community convened for the 2005 U.S. World Standards Day (WSD) exhibit, dinner and celebration this evening at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The dinner ceremony included the presentation of the prestigious Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award to the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s (ASME) president, Richard E. Feigel, in recognition of his leadership in U.S. standardization efforts.

“I am honored to accept this award, named for U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who worked to eliminate regulatory barriers and standards-related obstacles to global free trade,” said Dr. Feigel. “This award and this day — World Standards Day — help to draw attention to the importance of standards for the safety and security of people throughout the world and the significance of the role standards play in free trade.”

Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, president and CEO of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), congratulated Dr. Feigel, and acknowledged ASME, the administrating organization for the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day, on the milestone of its 125th anniversary.

“ANSI is proud of the positive, cooperative relationship between our two organizations, which began nearly 90 years ago when ASME served as one of the founding members of ANSI in 1918,” said Hurwitz. "Since that auspicious beginning, ASME’s leadership has served as a hallmark for the standards and conformity assessment activities of countless industries and individuals around the globe."

“Improving Safety and Security through Standards” was the theme of the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day, offering examples of the crucial role that standards play the everyday lives of the world’s citizens. The event program included a message from U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, who wrote:

This nation’s standards infrastructure is an immensely valuable strategic asset, thanks to the combined contributions of the private and public sectors. Together we must continue to attend to its health and vitality as we work to build a safer and more secure world.

The aim of World Standards Day is to raise the awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The U.S. celebration World Standards Day is a joint effort between the private and public sector. This year's World Standards Day events were coordinated and funded by the World Standards Day Committee, consisting of representatives from more than 50 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The Committee was co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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