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IEC, ISO and ITU Issue Joint World Standards Day Message;

ANSI Announces Updates to Annual Conference Program

New York, Aug 09, 2002

"Standards and tests go hand in hand and are key to the development of the global market," say the leaders of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The inclusive nature of these three standards-setting organizations, that develop and disseminate standards and recommendations for the worldwide market, helps to achieve the objective of truly global trade, the officials noted.

"The combination of standards and conformity assessment serve the market by helping to lower technical barriers to trade - which results in lower manufacturing costs - and to raise the level of confidence between buyers and sellers," explained IEC President Mr. Sei-ichi Takayanagi, ISO President Mr. Mario Gilberto Cortopassi, and ITU Secretary-General Mr. Yoshio Utsumi. These remarks, which centered around the theme of "One standard, one test - accepted everywhere," were included in a joint World Standards Day Message from the officials that was received by ANSI earlier today.

The joint communiqué, which is issued annually to the members of each organization, also noted that "For international standards to make a maximum contribution to achieving the objective of facilitating trade, it is important that all countries participate in developing and adopting them." The "essential role" of conformity assessment [programs] was also identified as a valid means to verify claims about quality, performance, and other parameters and as appropriate mechanisms to help ensure consumer confidence.

In line with the concept that "participants in a free market rely on confidence to ensure a fair exchange of goods and services," members of the U.S. World Standards Day 2002 Committee have announced "Standards Mean Business" as the theme for the 2002 U.S. celebratory reception, banquet and exhibition. An ANSI spokesperson confirmed that tickets for the U.S. event, which will be held on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2002, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, are still available.

The goal of World Standards Day (WSD), which will be celebrated this year on October 16, is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the global economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. Since its initial celebration in 1970, WSD activities have expanded around the world to include special gatherings; events such as conferences, exhibitions, and seminars; film shows; TV and radio interviews, and more, including the full "World Standards Week" events that are structured around World Standards Day by members of the United States standardization community.

Also scheduled during World Standards Week is the 2002 ANSI Annual Conference, "Breaking Down Borders: Business, Standards and Trade" on October 15 and 16 at the Marriott at Metro Center hotel in Washington, DC. Recent additions and changes to the list of distinguished speakers and panelists include:

Setsuo Harada, senior manager, Head of Technical Relations Office, Corporate Technology Department, Sony Corporation and secretary, IEC Technical Committee 91, Electronics Assembly Technology. Mr. Harada will be speaking on Panel One, "Competing on the Global Stage: Knowledge is Power."
Rodolfo Consuegra Gamon, deputy director of the National Standardization System, General Bureau of Standards, Economy Ministry (Mexico). Mr. Gamon will be taking the place of his colleague, Mr. Antonio Dorantes, on Panel Two, "Global Harmonization of Regulations: Playing the International Game - Know the 'Home' Rules."
Shi Baoquan, vice-administrator, State Administration of China for Standardization (SACS), Beijing. Mr. Baoquan will also participate on Panel Two.

Early registration discounts for the Annual Conference will be available through September 12, 2002; the final deadline for registration is October 4, 2002.

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