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Standards Build Partnerships: U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2006

Ambassador Constance A. Morella Receives Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award

Washington, DC, Oct 11, 2006

Nearly 250 members of the standards and conformity assessment community convened this evening in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2006 exhibit, dinner and celebration to pay tribute to the people, partnerships, and accomplishments that have garnered significant advancements in standardization.

The dinner ceremony included the presentation of the prestigious Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award to Constance A. Morella, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in recognition of her role in securing approval of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA). The landmark legislation, which called for government agencies to adopt voluntary consensus standards as alternatives to federally-developed specifications, has saved billions of dollars in federal expense and fostered cooperative public-private partnerships in standardization.

“Our system is rooted in partnerships,” said S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “On behalf of the entire standards and conformity assessment community, ANSI will continue to advance productive partnerships between industry, consumers and government.”

“Standards can fundamentally impact industrial competitiveness through ensuring interoperability, reliability, and usability,” said Dr. James Hill of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a co-chair of the event. “Partnerships are critical to providing standards solutions for leading-edge U.S. products and services.”

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the World Standards Day Paper Competition. Andrew L. Russell was presented with a check for $2,500 and a commemorative plaque for his paper titled, “Industrial Legislatures: The American System of Standardization.” The paper will be published in the Standards Engineering Society’s (SES) journal, Standards Engineering, and as a special article in a forthcoming ANSI publication.

The aim of World Standards Day is to raise the awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The U.S. celebration World Standards Day is a joint effort between the private and public sector. This year's World Standards Day events were coordinated and funded by the World Standards Day Committee, consisting of representatives from more than 50 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The Committee was co-chaired by ANSI and NIST.

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