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Industry Addresses U.S. Standards Strategy at NAM Caucus

New York, Mar 30, 2005

In the second in a series of dialogues on the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hosted a caucus at its Washington, DC, headquarters on March 30, 2005. More than forty representatives of U.S. manufacturing companies and industry organizations gathered to discuss the USSS, a revision of the National Standards Strategy for the United States (first edition August 2000).

"This dialogue provided a timely opportunity to review current trends and give feedback on the adequacy of the new strategy for addressing the concerns of U.S. manufacturers competing in the global marketplace," said Bill Primosch, NAM senior director of international business policy and facilitator of the session. “The lively discussion underscored the importance many in industry attach to the need for an effective U.S. standards strategy.”

Participants discussed the role of the Strategy in educating senior management on the issue of regulations and their impact on market access. It was expressed that many policy and decision makers are emphasizing participation in global markets, and confirmed industry need for a Strategy that is pluralistic. The dialogue stressed that standards must not be used as non-tariff trade barriers – a principle that is supported by the USSS.

The next meeting on the Strategy will be a public forum hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the USSS Committee, on Friday, April 15, 2005, at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. The results of all sessions will be included in a compilation of comments and considered in a final draft of the U.S. Standards Strategy.

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