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ANSI and European Standards Organizations Convene in Washington DC January 25-27, 2005

Official release issued by ANSI, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI

Washington, DC, Jan 27, 2005

Significant progress is being made between European and American interests in fostering global standards that are market relevant, stated Dr. George Arnold, chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Opportunities for collaboration and information sharing in key areas were the focus of the 19th meeting between representatives of the American National Standards Institute and the European standards organizations (ESOs). This annual dialogue is a platform for ANSI and the European Standards Organizations to identify and address standards related issues to avoid trade disputes. More than 60 participants, including ranking officials of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), convened in Washington, DC, on January 25-27, 2005, to address items of mutual interest in the global standardization community.

Participants discussed security-related standards initiatives, noting a commonality of approach at the national, regional and international levels and a growing number of activities affecting citizens around the world. Effective implementation of ISO and IEC initiatives on global relevance were commended as being of critical importance. A detailed consideration of accessibility standards and regulations on both sides of the Atlantic led to the conclusion that there was mutual interest in avoiding technical barriers to trade and therefore great value in an ongoing dialogue involving both government and private sector interests. There were also active discussions on government standards-related initiatives, focusing on levels of funding and differences in strategic approach.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.

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About CEN
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is the officially recognized European Standards Organization for standardization in areas other than the electrotechnical and telecommunications fields. Its national members have been working together since 1961 to develop voluntary European Standards (ENs) in various sectors. Today CEN has 28 Members collaborating to build a European Internal Market for goods and services. CEN works with over 60.000 technical experts and with one European Standard allows access to a market of more than 460 million people.

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Based in Brussels, Belgium, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) is officially responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical field. Its members have been working together in the interests of European harmonization since the 1950s, creating both voluntary and Harmonized Standards which have helped to shape the European Internal Market. CENELEC works with 35,000 technical experts from 28 European countries. Its work directly increases market potential, encourages technological development and guarantees the safety and health of consumers.

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About ETSI
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) plays a major role in global standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including telecommunications and broadcasting. ETSI unites around 700 member companies from nearly 60 countries, including manufacturers, network operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and users – in fact, all the key players in the ICT arena

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