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ANSI, SAC Convene U.S. – China Symposium on Active Industry Participation in Standardization


New York, Jun 06, 2007

On May 30, one hundred twenty U.S. and Chinese delegates gathered in Beijing for the U.S. – China Symposium on Active Industry Participation in Standardization, an event jointly organized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC).

The symposium brought together U.S. and Chinese representatives from industry, government, trade associations, and technical institutes to engage in meaningful dialogue on the subject of industry participation and leadership in standardization—a significant priority for stakeholders in both countries as a key component of economic trade and development.

Through a series of panel discussions and presentations, U.S. speakers shared their experiences in various standards-setting models, including formal national and international standardization processes, as well as consortia activities. Chinese representatives from Haier Group and Shenzhen Oceanpower Incorporated offered case study presentations on international and national standardization activities. Mr. Zhang Lin, SAC director general for international cooperation, discussed SAC’s initiatives to encourage greater Chinese industry participation in standardization and the use of relevant international and advanced foreign national standards. The presentations generated significant interest from the symposium participants, who engaged in a dynamic Q&A discussion.

The May 30 symposium is seen as a foundational event upon which ANSI hopes to build future industry sector-specific dialogue and cooperation between the U.S. and China.

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