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World Standards Day 2006 in Washington, DC Celebrates Standards and Partnerships

New York, Aug 01, 2006

The U.S. celebration of World Standards Day 2006 will be held on Wednesday, October 11, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Although largely invisible to consumers, standards play an important role in everyday life. They enable efficient commerce and ensure that products and services meet agreed-upon specifications and perform as described.

World Standards Day began as recognition of the founding of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on October 14, 1946. Since the initial celebration in 1970, the event has grown to include special gatherings and events around the globe.

The U.S. celebration will bring together more than 200 business professionals, government leaders, industry experts, scientists, academia, and consumers to honor the collaborative efforts of standards and conformity assessment professionals across a broad range of industry sectors. The 2006 theme, “Standards Build Partnerships,” draws attention to the strengthening relationships between government and industry in the areas of standards and regulations.

Activities begin with an evening reception and exhibition showcasing the work of standards developing organizations, government bodies and other groups. During the ensuing banquet and ceremony the 2006 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award will be presented to Constance A. Morella, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a senior member of its Committee on Science, Ms. Morella is widely recognized for her instrumental role in securing approval of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA)—a landmark legislation that represents a key partnership between the public and private sectors—by Congress and the President in 1996. The winners of the 2006 World Standards Day Paper Competition will also be announced and presented with their awards.

For additional information or to register, please visit Advance registration is required.

About the Planning Committee
The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee consists of representatives from more than 25 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The event is co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Standards Engineering Society (SES) serves as the 2006 administrating organization. The reception will be sponsored by the U.S. National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the IEC.

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