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ANSI Forms Ad Hoc Group to Foster Partnerships in Standardization


New York, Jun 02, 2006

Robert W. Noth, chairman of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has formed an Ad Hoc Group that will conduct expanded outreach to the broader spectrum of U.S.-based standards and conformity assessment communities. The initiative is in alignment with the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), which urged ANSI to promote cooperation and coherence within the U.S. standards system.

“Our aim is to build effective partnerships with stakeholders now outside the Institute’s usual network or that are minimally engaged,” said Mr. Noth. “This may include standards developing organizations and consortia, consumer organizations, and the rapidly expanding services sector.”

“For ANSI to remain an effective focal point organization for the United States standardization community, we must first learn and understand the needs of the groups currently not involved with ANSI and then engage them in activities,” added ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia.

The Ad Hoc Group has been charged with:

  • becoming informed about the evolving needs of these stakeholders and identify ways to address these needs
  • identifying ways in which ANSI and the broader standards and conformity assessment stakeholders can collaborate to achieve common goals
  • involving the broader standards and conformity assessment communities in dialogue about the benefits of partnership with ANSI
  • exploring impediments to collaboration
The Ad Hoc Group is composed of eight ANSI Board members and chaired by Ron Silletti, a vice-chair of the Institute. Recommendations are to be submitted to the Board by December 2006.

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