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New York, Oct 31, 2007

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

Nanotechnology Standards Panel Chairman Testifies at House Subcommittee Hearing
Dr. E. Clayton Teague, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), testified this morning before a Subcommittee of the House of Representatives.

In addition to his role at the NNCO, Dr. Teague serves as chairman of the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP), and also as chairman of the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group to International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies (ISO TC 229).

The hearing, which was held by the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the Committee on Science and Technology, was called to review and examine the need and motivation for research on the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) aspects of nanotechnology.

“Since its inception, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has supported research along two fundamental paths: research toward promising, highly beneficial uses of nanotechnology for our society and our nation’s economic growth, and research to protect public health and the environment,” testified Dr. Teague. “During fiscal years 2005 through 2008, it is estimated that NNI agencies will have invested nearly $180 million in research whose primary purpose is to address the EHS implications of nanomaterials.”

Dr. Teague also highlighted the importance of international coordination, specifically citing the ongoing work of ISO TC 229. As chairman of the U.S. TAG for this committee, Dr. Teague made reference to the U.S.-led TC 229 Working Group that is currently developing science-based EHS standards.

Looking Back: AAMI Celebrates 40 Years of People, Progress, and Patient Safety
This year, ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Founded in 1967, AAMI is a unique alliance of over 6,000 members united by the common goal of increasing the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation. The Association works to ensure appropriate regulation, develop effective standards, and education and support medical technology professionals.

To commemorate this occasion, the Association has published a new book, 40 Years of People, Progress, and Patient Safety. Totaling nearly one hundred pages, the book describes AAMI’s history, and details its role in various regulatory and standards-setting initiatives. Interested parties may download and review an electronic version of the book at AAMI’s website.

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