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International Workshop on Emergency Preparedness Standards Set for April 2006 in Florence Italy


New York, Nov 03, 2005

Recent worldwide events ranging from earthquakes and hurricanes to the ongoing threat of terrorism have demonstrated the critical need for international coordination and standards development in the area of emergency preparedness. In response to an urgent request by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Strategic Advisory Group on Security, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has partnered with the New York University International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (NYU InterCEP) to address this need.

With the support and cooperation of InterCEP, ANSI is convening an International Workshop on Standardization for Emergency Preparedness, which will convene April 24-26, 2006, at the Villa La Pietra International Conference Center in Florence, Italy. The objective of this meeting is to establish a consensus-based document called an International Workshop Agreement (IWA) that is designed to provide international guidance on this issue.

Created by the ISO Council as a consensus guidance mechanism, an IWA differs from a standard in that it does not rely on customary ISO technical committee structures for approval. As a result, an IWA allows for a faster response to standardization needs and is particularly useful in addressing time-sensitive issues. An IWA is reached through negotiation by concerned parties and is published by the ISO with the possibility of being approved as a standard at a later time.

The workshop will evaluate existing national standards for applicability to the IWA, and participants are invited to submit these standards for consideration in advance of the meeting. Individuals from ISO member body nations, as well as organizations involved with emergency preparedness and operational continuity, are encouraged to participate in the creation of this critical document.

For more information about meeting logistics, please visit www.ansi.org/iwa. Organizations wishing to send representatives or to submit standards should contact ANSI-HSSP secretary Matt Deane (mdeane@ansi.org, 212.642.4992). The NYU InterCEP contact is Bill Raisch, executive director (william.raisch@nyu.edu, 212.998.2000).

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