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NSS Committee Issues Call for Participation on Working Groups for Revision of National Standards Strategy

New York, Jun 11, 2004

On May 18, a new committee formed to consider revisions to the National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS) met for the first time in Washington, DC. Reporting to the Executive Committee of the ANSI Board of Directors, the National Standards Strategy Committee (NSSC) is comprised of twenty-two individuals who represent a broad cross-section of interests from the standardization community.

Discussions during this initial assembly resulted in a commitment to keeping the review and revision process open, with a balanced committee of diverse interests and active participation. NSSC members agreed that subgroups would be formed to advance particular aspects of the project.

These subgroups will be chaired by NSSC members, but participation in the subgroups will be open to interested parties from the U.S. The NSSC has issued an invitation for organizations to become involved directly in the NSS revision process through participation in one or more of the newly formed NSSC subgroups. The work of the NSSC is being publicized broadly with a view to soliciting input from the entire U.S. standardization community.

Each of the following four committees will be an active working group, and all members will be expected to participate actively in scheduled subgroup teleconferences and in-person subgroup meetings.

  • NSSC SG 1 – National Priorities and Processes - Public/Private Sector Cooperation
    (Chair: Mr. Stephen Lowell, U.S. Department of Defense)
  • NSSC SG 2 – International
    (Chair: Mr. William Primosch, National Association of Manufacturers)
  • NSSC SG 3 – Education and Communication
    (Chair: Mr. Don Purcell, The Center for Global Standards Analysis at Catholic University)
  • NSSC SG 4 – Funding the Standards System, Intellectual Property Rights and Patents
    (Chair: Mr. James Shannon, National Fire Protection Association)

Organizations interested in having a representative serve on an NSSC subgroup may contact Joseph Tretler, Jr. (212.642.4977; at ANSI no later than Friday, June 18, 2004.

“ANSI looks forward to coordinating and supporting the efforts of the entire U.S. standardization and conformity assessment community in advancing the NSS review and revision process,” said ANSI president and CEO Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, CAE.

About the NSS
The NSS establishes a framework that can be used by all interests including companies, government, nongovernmental organizations, standards developers and consumers, to further improve U.S. competitiveness abroad while continuing to provide strong support for domestic markets. It was developed over a two-year period by representatives from the public- and private-sectors; its development was coordinated by the American National Standards Institute.

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