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New E-mail Service Tracks Foreign Tech Regulations


New York, Jul 14, 2005

A new web-based e-mail subscription service from the U.S. Department of Commerce offers comprehensive, up to date information on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect U.S. standards developers, businesses and industries and their access to international markets. “Notify U.S.” is free-of-charge and provides U.S. entities an opportunity to review and comment on proposed regulations; Notify U.S. is the successor to Export Alert!, the e-mail notification system previously offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Trade Administration, both agencies within the Department of Commerce.

Notify U.S. provides users with access to notifications and full texts of proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures issued by any of the 148 nations that are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In addition, users can monitor proposed changes across chosen countries and 41 fields of industrial or technical activities, or they can select a subset of fields.

The new service is operated by NIST’s National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI). NCSCI is the nation’s designated Inquiry Point under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.

At this time, the Notify U.S. Service is only available to subscribers who are U.S. citizens and individuals that are part of U.S. based organizations and industries. To learn more and to sign up, visit the Notify U.S. website at www.nist.gov/notifyus.

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative