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National Standards Strategy Committee to Take on Revisions to NSS

New York, Apr 27, 2004

The National Standards Strategy Committee (NSSC) has been newly established by the American National Standards Institute to undertake the process of potential revision to the National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS). Convened by ANSI Board of Directors chairman Dr. George W. Arnold, the NSSC reports to the Executive Committee of the ANSI Board and is chaired by Mr. S. Joe Bhatia of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The group will hold its first meeting on May 18, 2004.

The first-ever NSS was approved in August 2000 and reaffirmed that the U.S. is committed to a sector-based approach to voluntary standardization activities, both domestically and globally. The NSS established a standardization framework that was built upon the traditional strengths of the U.S. system – such as consensus, openness and transparency – while giving additional emphasis to speed, relevance, and meeting the needs of public interest constituencies. A set of strategic and tactical initiatives within this framework could then be used by diverse interests to meet their own national and individual organizational objectives.

The NSS also called for a regular review to determine whether new situations dictate strategic revisions and offer new opportunities. The NSSC has been convened to establish whether the NSS needs to be revised to reflect current issues and anticipated trends.

Twenty-two representatives of the standards and conformity assessment community have been invited to participate on the NSSC. The group’s membership was carefully selected to ensure a broad representation of diverse interests, industry sectors, small/medium and large organizations, federal and state government, and more. A roster of NSSC participants will be available online soon.

“ANSI welcomes this opportunity to coordinate and support the NSS review and revision process on behalf of the U.S. standardization and conformity assessment community. This is a critically important endeavor that we will advance together,” said ANSI president and CEO Mark W. Hurwitz.

ANSI members have been invited to provide input for consideration by the NSSC during its review of the Strategy, and outreach will also be made to the ANSI policy committees and membership forums to solicit and/or coordinate input from the various constituencies of the Institute. The work of the committee will be publicized broadly with a view to soliciting input from the broader U.S. standardization community.

“All comments receive will be met with full, fair and deliberate consideration,” noted Mr. Bhatia.

For more information on the NSSC or to submit input, contact Joseph Tretler, business director, standards facilitation (212.642.4977;

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