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Preliminary Agenda Announced for ANSI's Open Forum for Standards Developers June 20-21, 2006

New York, May 17, 2006

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued a preliminary agenda for the upcoming Open Forum for Standards Developers it will host on June 20-21 in New York City. Stakeholders from standards developing organizations, consortia and other forums, industry, government, consumers, and other groups are expected to attend.

The event will kick off Tuesday afternoon with a panel discussion on the needs of standards customers from a variety of perspectives—industry, government and consumers. A second panel will present several case studies on factors that influence pursuit of third party recognition of a standard. The forum continues the following morning and will feature a discussion of current legal issues facing the standards community, followed by two case studies illustrating the benefits and challenges of harmonization efforts domestically and internationally.

All of the event's panels will devote significant time to open dialogue of the relevant topics. The event is intended to be a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and input on these and other timely issues with the aim of identifying further opportunities for communication, cooperation, and collaboration. Organizers of the event anticipate collaborative projects emerging out of the meeting's discussions.

“This Open Forum is a stepping stone for forging new relationships between ANSI, consortia and other developers of voluntary consensus standards,” said S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI.

ANSI will host a reception for Forum attendees on Tuesday evening, June 20, from 5:30–7:00 pm at the Metrazur restaurant on the East Balcony of New York City’s famous Grand Central Terminal.

For more information on the program, sponsorship opportunities, and registration details, click here.

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