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ANSI Wishes Its Members a Safe, Happy and Successful New Year

New York, Dec 29, 2005

As 2005 draws to a close, the ANSI staff would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support during the past year.

ANSI is proud of its many accomplishments during 2005, including the establishment of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), formed under contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in October. The panel brings together a broad range of stakeholders to facilitate the widespread interoperability of healthcare information technology. The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) continues to address key standards issues in areas such as biological and chemical threat agents, emergency communications and first responders. And in early 2005, the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) served as an interim U.S. Technical Advisory Group to a new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) activity in nanotechnologies.

Also this year, ANSI facilitated the revision process of the new United States Standards Strategy. The Strategy supports the current U.S. sectoral approach to standardization while placing additional emphasis on global relevance and support of the World Trade Organization’s internationally recognized principles for standards development.

ANSI’s accreditation programs for product and personnel certifiers continue to grow in scope and prestige. In the beginning of 2005, ANSI was selected by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to accredit the certification bodies that participate in FMI’s Safe Quality Food Program. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) expanded the scope of ANSI’s program for accreditation of Telecommunication Certification Bodies.

This year the Institute's Committee on Education launched a pilot program for outreach to colleges and universities, which provides complimentary standards from select collections for use in the classroom. The program aims to raise awareness of standards and incorporate standards-related information into the curriculum of colleges and universities.

In 2005, the Institute and its members upheld leadership and influence in key standards and conformity assessment organizations around the world, and demonstrated ANSI’s commitment to fostering positive relationships with our global partners. We believe that along with these and our many other achievements ANSI will enjoy further success in the New Year.

We would like to extend our best wishes for a safe, happy and successful 2006. We are always open to your comments and suggestions on ways to improve our services.

Happy New Year!

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