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Mary Saunders Appointed as New Chair for RSC-E/ME/A

Washington, DC, Jan 29, 2003

Ms. Mary Saunders, chief of the Standards Services Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been named as the new chair of the ANSI Regional Standing Committee on Europe, Middle East, and Africa (RSC-E/ME/A).

Coordinated by ANSI’s International Policy Committee (IPC), RSC-E/ME/A is one of three Regional Standing Committees responsible for monitoring key regional activities around the world, intensifying and broadening U.S. participation in regional standardization/conformity assessment activities at the policy level. Chaired by IPC members, RSC membership is drawn from the overall ANSI membership base.

At NIST, Saunders is responsible for administering OSS programs in Laboratory Accreditation, Technical Standards Activities, and Global Standards and Information, as well as the implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) of 1995.

“Ms. Saunders brings a wealth of experience in the area of standards and conformity assessment to this activity, in addition to her active participation on the RSC-E/ME/A, and as an ANSI delegate to recent ANSI-European meetings,” said Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice-president of international policy. “We all look forward to working with Ms. Saunders in this important area of ANSI's activities.”

Ms. Saunders succeeds Mr. Robert Noth of Deere and Company as chairman of the RSC; Noth is now chairman of the ANSI International Policy Committee (IPC) and a vice-chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors.

For more information about the RSC-E/ME/A, please visit ANSI Online or contact Mary Bowers, ANSI program manager, international policy (e-mail:

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