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ANSI-HSSP Signs International Cooperation Treaty with Australia

ANSI Chairman Addresses Standards Australia Forum

New York, Nov 16, 2005

Marking an important step in international coordination of emergency preparedness, the American National Standards Institute’s Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) reached a formal agreement with Standards Australia’s National Centre for Security Standards (NCSS) to cooperate in the development of security standards. Signed November 10, 2005, by ANSI chairman Dr. George Arnold and NCSS chair David Sadleir, the International Cooperation Treaty represents a strategic partnership in the international effort to address security concerns ranging from terrorism and natural disasters to criminal activity.

Under the treaty, ANSI-HSSP and NCSS will collaborate to create an integrated security standards framework that will help concerned parties find useful and relevant guidance materials. Providing for an open dialogue between the two organizations, the treaty allows for the exchange of information relating to market trends and collaboration on the creation of national security documents and critical infrastructure protection. The alliance between ANSI-HSSP and NCSS will be ongoing: the two organizations will convene at least once every year to identify and explore mutually beneficial projects and programs.

Dr. George Arnold, who also serves as vice president—policy of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and chair of the ISO Advisory Group on Security, addressed more than 100 attending organizations on November 10 at Standards Australia’s Surveillance System Forum in Sydney as a special guest speaker. “Security standardization is an international effort,” said Arnold. “ANSI is proud to partner with Standards Australia in this vital effort.”

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