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U.S. Stakeholders Prioritize Standards-related Policy Activities in China


New York, Feb 07, 2007

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued a summary report of its recent survey on key U.S. policy priorities related to standards, conformity assessment and technical regulations in China. Launched under the auspices of the ANSI China Program, the outreach evaluated U.S. stakeholder concerns vis-à-vis several overarching policy issues.

Nearly 800 ANSI members and constituents representing a diverse range of businesses, standards developing organizations, trade associations, government agencies, professional societies and other stakeholder groups were invited to participate. Roughly five percent of the surveys issued were completed and returned.

Respondents were queried on their level of concern on each of seven policy issues identified by ANSI members and other interested parties. Specifically, the statements addressed topics such as certification and testing requirements; transparency; intellectual property and standardization policies; Chinese participation and investment in global standards processes; Chinese interagency coordination; U.S. messages and positions; and environmental health and safety requirements. Language and cultural barriers were identified by several respondents as additional points of concern.

Issues related to China’s burdensome certification and testing requirements, followed by its lack of transparency and difficulty obtaining data about new or proposed standards and technical regulations topped the list of U.S. stakeholder concerns. Unease regarding converging intellectual property and standardization policies and interest in increasing Chinese engagement in global standardization activities rounded out the list of topics needing attention in the coming year.

The results of the survey will help to shape ANSI activities and initiatives in China. Nearly 80% of survey respondents indicated their strong commitment to working with the Institute to address these issues. A full summary report of the survey findings is available here.

The survey is one of a series of ANSI initiatives to facilitate trade by addressing issues and pursuing cooperative opportunities between the U.S and China. In September 2006, the Institute partnered with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to launch the U.S.-China Standards Portal (www.standardsportal.org), an online resource designed to facilitate more open and efficient trade between the two nations.

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