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ANSI Releases Chinese Translation of the United States Standards Strategy


New York, Feb 13, 2006

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the United States standardization system, announced today the availability of the Chinese (Mandarin) translation of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS). As part of the Institute’s commitment to promote awareness of the document’s initiatives and support the implementation efforts of various stakeholder groups, ANSI is providing the English and Chinese versions of the USSS via ANSI Online for free download and distribution. The availability of the translation is intended to foster a broader understanding of the U.S. standardization system.

The Strategy promotes the use of globally applied standards, providing a framework to advance trade in the global marketplace, enhance consumer health and safety, and to meet the standardization needs of diverse industries. The document is built upon the principles of openness, transparency, consensus, and due process upheld by the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. Reflecting the diversity of the U.S. standardization system, the USSS represents a broad range of standards stakeholders, including government, industry, standards developing organizations, consumer groups, and academia. The final version of the USSS was approved by the ANSI Board of Directors in December 2005.

The People’s Republic of China contributed more to global economic growth than any other country between 2000 and 2004, and represents the fastest-growing market for U.S. exports. Ranked by American exporters as one of the most significant market access issues, standards have become a priority in facilitating U.S.-China trade. Last month more than 13,000 Chinese national standards (Guojia Biaozhun), available in electronic (.pdf) format, were added to ANSI’s eStandards Store to assist U.S. businesses in gaining access to the procedures and requirements necessary for commerce with China.

For more information about the USSS, or to download the English or Chinese versions of the Strategy, visit www.ansi.org/usss.

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