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National Standards Strategy Committee Moves Forward on Revisions to NSS

New York, Sep 24, 2004

The National Standards Strategy Committee (NSSC) held its third meeting in Washington, DC, on September 22 to discuss the progress made thus far toward revising the National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS). The first-ever NSS was approved in August 2000, and called for a regular review to determine whether new situations dictate strategic revisions and offer new opportunities; the NSSC was established to consider these revisions.

Twenty-two representatives of the standards and conformity assessment community are currently participating on the NSSC, which has been divided into four subgroups to tackle various elements within the NSS. Each group delivered a draft report with recommendations for potential revisions.

The subgroups will report back to the NSSC in November with their input and begin to coalesce their respective work into a draft revision. The NSSC is planning an opportunity in early 2005 for the public at large to review and comment on the revised draft NSS, and will communicate this opportunity broadly to encourage the greatest possible participation. The ANSI Board of Directors is expected to give final approval to the revised document in May of 2005.

The NSSC reports to the Executive Committee of the ANSI Board and is chaired by Mr. Joe Bhatia of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

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

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