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ANSI Vice President Joseph Tretler Jr. Meets with Chinese Officials in Beijing


As part of his first bilateral international visit since assuming the role, Joseph Tretler Jr., American National Standards Institute (ANSI) vice president of international policy, visited China on October 13-16, 2014, and met with several Chinese entities to discuss areas of current and future cooperation.

In Beijing, Mr. Tretler met with representatives of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) to discuss enhanced Sino-U.S. cooperation in international fora such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), as well as potential reforms to China’s standardization policies. Administrator Tian Shihong opened the meeting and noted SAC’s interest in continuing to deepen the cooperation with ANSI and U.S. experts on technical issues.

Mr. Tretler also met with Ma Lincong, president of the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS), and his staff leadership. ANSI acknowledged CNIS for its support of recent workshops under the U.S.-China Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program (SCCP). In addition, ANSI and CNIS discussed mutual priorities such as standardization in the fields of energy efficiency and emergency response management.

During a meeting with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), attendees discussed past successes such as the U.S.–China Conformity Assessment Project (China CAP) as well as recent updates to policies and procedures for the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) scheme.

While in China, Mr. Tretler also attended several events in Shanghai, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) [ see related news item] and the 10th workshop held under the U.S.-China SCCP.

ANSI leadership meets frequently with Chinese officials as an important step in maintaining the relationships that make member initiatives possible. Mr. Tretler’s meetings follow several high-level visits by Chinese delegations to Washington, DC and precede a planned visit to China by S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, in 2015.

For more information about the October meetings or other ANSI China Program activities, please contact Leslie McDermott, senior manager of international development, at

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