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ANSI Co-hosts Conformity Assessment Workshop for Latin American Standardization Representatives

Mexico City Event Supports Capacity-Building Efforts of the ANSI-USAID Standards Alliance

12/3/2014

As part of its work under the Standards Alliance program, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – in collaboration with the General Bureau of Standards of the Mexican Ministry of Economy (DGN) and the Pan-American Standards Commission (COPANT) – organized a November 3-7 workshop at the Mexican Entity of Accreditation (EMA) in Mexico City on best practices in conformity assessment. The five-day event provided training and guidance to representatives of standardization organizations from across Latin America looking to increase their knowledge of quality testing processes, accreditation, and related areas of standards and conformity assessment.

Opening the workshop, Alberto Ulises Esteban Marina, director general, DGN; Maribel Lopez Martinez, executive chief, EMA; Francisco Javier Reed Martin del Campo, president, Commission of Standardization and Conformity Assessment of the Industrial Chambers Mexican Confederation (CONCAMIN); and Carlos M. Perez Munguia, director general, Normalizacion y Certificacion Electronica, S.C. (NYCE) shared their experiences and insights with the 50 attendees from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Following the welcoming remarks, international conformity assessment experts from the public and private sectors provided in-depth information on accreditation programs, answered attendees’ questions, and encouraged engaged dialogue among the group. The following experts led the workshop’s training sessions:

  • Reinaldo Balbino Figueiredo, Senior Program Director, Product/Process/Services Accreditation Programs, ANSI
  • Mario O. Wittner, ANSI Program Assessor; former Chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO)
  • Warren R. Merkel, Chief of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Attendees were also divided into groups for visits to four local testing laboratories – ANCE, NYCE, MITUTUYO Mexico, and INTERTEK – to take a hands-on look at the processes in place in the context of the knowledge they just acquired. It is expected that the attendees will put that knowledge to use in developing or strengthening the testing, accreditation, and other conformity assessment programs and activities in their own countries.
The Standards Alliance is a joint ANSI–U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative that supports global cooperation and capacity building in the areas of standards development, technical regulations, good regulatory practice, and conformity assessment.

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