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ANSI Regional Standing Committee to Meet with European Standards Organizations and NSAI

New York, Jan 07, 2004

On January 23-24, 2004, members of the ANSI Regional Standing Committee on Europe/Middle East/Africa (RSC-EMEA) will meet with representatives from the three European standards organizations (ESOs), and representatives of the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, in the 18th in the series of meetings that began in July 1989.

Hosted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France, the meetings plan to address topics including global relevancy, the European Commission’s Review of the New Approach and implications for ESOs, the Department of Commerce Standards Initiative, U.S. Homeland Security standards, accessibility standards, and visibility of standardization to business leaders.

Additionally, as part of its outreach efforts, RSC-EMEA delegates will be meeting with the National Standards Association of Ireland (NSAI) on January 20, 2004, prior to the ANSI-European meetings. ANSI delegates will present an explanation of the role of the Institute, the U.S. voluntary standards system, how the private/public sector ANSI membership works together, transparency and accountability issues, and regulatory reform in Europe and the Irish perspective.

“The ANSI delegation looks forward to a promising meeting agenda with the NSAI in Dublin. This meeting contributes toward increasing ANSI’s relationships with various national standards bodies as part of ANSI’s outreach program,” said Gary Kushnier, ASNI vice president of international policy.

Coordinated by ANSI’s International Policy Committee (IPC), RSC-EMEA is one of three Regional Standing Committees responsible for monitoring key regional activities around the world, intensifying and broadening U.S. participation in regional standardization/conformity assessment activities at the policy level. Chaired by IPC members, RSC membership is drawn from the overall ANSI membership base.

For more information about the RSC-EMEA, please visit ANSI Online or contact Steven Bipes, program manager, international policy - regional & bilateral programs (

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