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United States Standards Strategy offers Framework for U.S. Business and International Trade

New York, Dec 16, 2005

The Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) became the first entity to approve the newly published United States Standards Strategy (USSS) at their meeting on December 8, 2005. The Strategy establishes a framework that will be used by U.S. stakeholders to improve trade issues in the global marketplace, enhance consumer health and safety, meet the needs of diverse industries, and advance U.S. viewpoints in the regional and international standardization arenas.

The U.S. standardization system functions under the belief that standards should meet societal and market needs and should not be developed to act as technical barriers to trade. The U.S. Standards Strategy promotes standards that are technically suitable, applied globally, and developed in accordance with the principles of openness, transparency, consensus and due process within the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.

The U.S. Standards Strategy is the result of a collaborative process that began in 2004 when ANSI convened a committee to review and revise the previously published National Standards Strategy for the United States (2000). The updated and renamed U. S. Standards Strategy reflects the input of hundreds of representatives of industry; small, medium and large enterprise; standards developers and consortia; consumer groups; and federal and state government that contributed to the revision process.

“The U.S. standardization system is an intricate and vital infrastructure that promotes the public good, enhances the competitiveness of U.S. industry, and contributes to a liberalized global trading system,” said Mr. S. Joe Bhatia, chair of the United States Standards Strategy Committee. “Providing a strategic standards framework for a nation as complex as the United States is an essential element that helps to maintain and improve the system. The United States Standards Strategy was developed to serve as this framework.”

The document is built upon twelve initiatives that address the role of government; health, safety and environmental responsibilities; consumer interests; prevention of standards as trade barriers; responsiveness to cross-cutting technologies; efficiency in standards development; the priority of standards education; and other crucial considerations. Key updates to the Strategy relate to intellectual property rights, funding models for the standards system, national priorities, and global trade issues.

ANSI served as facilitator during the review and revision of the USSS and plans to play a lead role in its implementation, beginning with a public awareness campaign and distribution of the Strategy to the Institute’s members and constituents. ANSI is also sponsoring web space to make the document freely available for download and distribution.

“I encourage every member of the U.S. standardization community to endorse the U.S. Standards Strategy and incorporate its core tactics into their own organization’s business and strategic practices,” said ANSI’s president and CEO Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz. “The Strategy is the result of our community’s willingness to contribute a new strategic vision to the future of our nation’s prosperity.”

The Strategy and an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions document can be found online at or

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 entities and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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