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International Standards Coalition to Hold Workshop on Medical Technologies

New York, Jan 09, 2004

A workshop on International Standards for Medical Technologies is planned for February 26-27, 2004, at the World Health Organization (WHO) premises in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop is an initiative of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), an entity created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union/ (ITU-T) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards system of ISO, IEC and ITU-T.

According to workshop organizers, the event is designed as a forum where high-level representatives of the major players involved in the field of medical technologies (industry, regulators, the patient care community and standards developing organizations from around the world) can interact to review current approaches and projects underway in international standardization. Workshop discussions intend to highlight future trends and offer indications on how to address present and future challenges, with a view to providing input on priorities, programs and approaches that can help the development and implementation of standards to respond optimally to the evolving needs of society and markets.

Attendance at this event will be by invitation only – for information on participation, please contact the WSC via email ( or telephone (+ 41 0 22 749 02 17). Written contributions to the content of the conference are welcomed and must be submitted via email by February 10, 2004. Visit the event website for specific instructions (

The event is developed in partnership with the WHO and four other organizations involved in the medical technologies field, including the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

For information on ANSI member participation, please contact Steven Cornish, ANSI international policy program director (; 212-642-4969).

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