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New MOUs Strengthen Regional and International Standards Collaboration

New York, Sep 20, 2007

With an eye toward strengthening standardization ties with the South American, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia signed this week Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the national standards bodies of Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.

The MOUs pledge increased cooperation between ANSI and the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), and the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) in achieving common objectives and encouraging international trade.

Among other commitments outlined in the MOUs, ANSI and the respective national standards body pledge to: 1) encourage bilateral relationships, joint business ventures, and information exchange between standards organizations in each country in an effort to stimulate industry-to-industry cooperation, international standardization, and free trade; 2) exchange viewpoints on the activities and work programs of various regional and international standardization and conformity assessment organizations; and 3) facilitate dialogue among national experts in various areas of standardization and conformity assessment.

Regional to International Collaboration
Also this week, the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) signed an MOU to encourage increased collaboration between regional and international standardization activities in the Asia Pacific region. The agreement parallels a similar arrangement with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) last year [See related article].

A forum to strengthen international standardization programs for the Asia Pacific region, PASC works to increase regional participation in international standardization, and improve capacity building and development efforts.

The agreement, which calls for PASC and IEC to cooperate in a number of key areas, encourages the organizations to work together to:

  • promote the development, use and adoption of IEC International Standards at the regional level;
  • increase the participation of Asia Pacific standards bodies in the work of the IEC;
  • accelerate the electrotechnical standardization process in response to market demands; and
  • inform PASC members about IEC-related activities and developments in the interest of transparency.

The agreement was signed by IEC general secretary Ahron Amit, PASC 30 chair Fabío Tobón, and Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy and chair of the PASC Standing Committee.

For more information on the ANSI and PASC MOUs, contact Steven Bipes, ANSI director of international policy – regional and bilateral programs (

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