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Mark Your Calendars: ANSI Releases Schedule for World Standards Week 2009

Sponsorship opportunities available for WSW and World Standards Day

New York, Jul 30, 2009

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has posted a schedule and further information for World Standards Week (WSW) 2009. The week of forums, meetings, and ceremonies will be held October 5-8, 2009, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

WSW is an annual occasion where members of the standards and conformity assessment community meet in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. The schedule, posted at, provides the dates and times for the various meetings and forums held over the course of the event. This year’s program of events will include:

Monday, October 5

  • ANSI International Policy Committee Meeting, 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. (to be held in Washington, DC)

Tuesday, October 6

  • ANSI Legal Issues Forum, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 2009 Open Forum for Standards Developers, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 2009 ANSI Annual Awards Reception, Banquet Ceremony, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. (black tie optional)

Wednesday, October 7

  • ANSI Organizational Member Forum, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • ANSI Government Member Forum, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • ANSI Consumer Interest Forum, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • ANSI Company Member Forum, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • ANSI Annual Business Meeting Luncheon, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2009, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. (to be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC)

Thursday, October 8

  • ANSI National Policy Committee Meeting, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (to be held at the Consumer Electronics Association in Arlington, VA)

“For many years, World Standards Week has provided an opportunity for the diverse members of our community to come together, both to celebrate what we’ve achieved and to plan for future collaboration,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “We look forward to welcoming ANSI members, stakeholders, and colleagues back to Bethesda for the 2009 series of events.”

Agendas for the WSW events are forthcoming. Registration is now open, and more information will be posted to as it becomes available.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available in diamond, platinum, and gold levels. For more information, view the sponsorship brochure. To become a sponsor, click here.

In conjunction with WSW, the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) will take place on the evening of October 7, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Celebrated annually, WSD serves to raise awareness of the importance of international standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. This year’s theme is Standards for environmental stewardship, recognizing the critical role that standards and conformity assessment programs play in environmental protection and preservation, from sustainable products and buildings to greenhouse gas reduction and energy conservation.

Registration is now open for WSD. To register, click here.

The U.S. Celebration of WSD is organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Underwriters Laboratories serves as the 2009 administrating organization.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for WSD at multiple levels of support. For more information or to become a WSD sponsor, click here.

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