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Strengthening Ties: ANSI Welcomes Israeli Delegation to Washington

Washington, DC, Apr 03, 2008

ANSI and SII representatives

On March 25–27, 2008, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) welcomed an Israeli delegation to Washington, DC, for a series of bilateral discussions on voluntary consensus standards, conformity assessment programs, and current and potential trade initiatives.

Representatives from Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor (MOITAL) and the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) presented overviews of that nation’s standardization system, drawing several parallels to the principles outlined in the United States Standards Strategy (USSS).

In particular, members of the delegation indicated SII’s strong commitment to a market-driven, sector-based approach to standardization and dedication to consensus, openness, and transparency – all traditional strengths of the U.S. standards system.

According to SII representatives, international standards offer the most freedom and flexibility for Israeli industry sectors. Currently, 43% of Israeli standards are adopted from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), American Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs), and European Standards Organizations (ESOs).

Encouraged by the success of this approach and with an eye toward facilitating import and export market access, SII plans to ensure that by 2010, at least 65% of its standards are adoptions of international standards.

Last week’s bilateral discussions also afforded ANSI and SII the opportunity to explore several opportunities for future cooperation, including potential commercial agreements between SII and ANSI members and accredited SDOs and conformity assessment bodies. In addition, SII expressed interest in working closely with the SDOs currently working in the areas of alternative energy and energy management.

“I am pleased to welcome our friends to Washington so that we can share the respective approaches and strengths of our national systems,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “As Israel looks to the formation of its national standards strategy, ANSI stands ready to share its experience and help facilitate the development of this important document.”

Bhatia continued, “We look forward to working with SII on multiple levels, addressing our respective national issues as well as cooperating on the international front.”

In addition to its discussions with ANSI’s International Policy team, over the course of the week the SII delegation met with representatives from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), ASTM International, the International Code Council (ICC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and NIST.

The delegation from MOITAL met with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and NIST.

For additional information about last week’s bilateral discussions, please contact Mr. Steven Bipes, ANSI director, international policy, regional and bilateral programs (202.331.3607;

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