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ANSI Participates in SII’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

ANSI’s officers call for continued cooperation in the international standards arena

New York, Jun 08, 2005

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was one of many organizations commemorating the Standards Institution of Israel’s (SII) 60th Anniversary during a four-day celebration held from May 30 to June 2, 2005 in Tel Aviv. In addition to an SII open house and reception, the celebration also included the International Conference on Standardization and Global Trade and the Jerusalem Homeland Security Conference.

At the International Conference on Standardization and Quality, Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO, was joined by fellow speakers including Alan Bryden, secretary general at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Donald Gray, vice president at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Dr. Torsten Bahke, director of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). During his remarks Dr. Hurwitz spoke about the similar histories and subsequent progress of ANSI and SII, citing the success of their relationship throughout the years. “ANSI and SII have enjoyed close cooperation, positive working relationships and a shared commitment to strong and active participation – and leadership – in the international arena,” stated Hurwitz.

Dr. Hurwitz went on to challenge the audience to consider the standardization community’s ability to meet new challenges as it evolves into new fields such as nanotechnology and social responsibility. “Is ISO – and are we, as its members – prepared to address standardization needs in areas such as social responsibility… are the standards setting models that have worked in the past still effective?

“If we want to continue the progress and successes that we have enjoyed in the past, then we must establish a level playing field where all stakeholders are welcome,” asserted Hurwitz, stressing that the standards community must work together to solidify existing partnerships and forge new relationships in order to address marketplace and societal issues.

At the conclusion of his remarks, Dr. Hurwitz presented gifts to SII director general Ziva Patir, recognizing SII’s anniversary and its ongoing commitment to the development and application of globally-relevant, voluntary consensus standards.

During the same week at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem, ANSI’s chairman of the board, Dr. George Arnold, was a keynote speaker at the Jerusalem Homeland Security Conference, addressing an audience comprised of companies and investors in the homeland security market, as well as organizations involved in the development of homeland security standards. Dr. Arnold (shown in the photo at left shaking hands with Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; also shown is SII Director General Ziva Patir) called for continued participation in international security standardization activities, to improve both preventative measures as well as response to emergencies, in a society where terrorism has become a global problem. “Ensuring the security of our citizens has gone from something we take for granted to one of the most important, if not the most important, priority for societies around the world… as we shall see, standards play a critical role in ensuring security.”

Dr. Arnold went on to highlight the activities and progress of the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) as well as ISO’s technical committees related to security, such as IT security, biometrics, fire protection and fire safety; and new and expanded areas of work including emergency preparedness, civil defense, cyber security and protection for first responders.

Concluding his presentation, Dr. Arnold addressed the importance of current and future international efforts in the area of homeland security, citing the United State’s relationship with Israel, stating “The United States and Israel have strong cooperation in developing security standards… the world will benefit greatly from Israel’s contributions.”

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