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Commerce Department to Host Meeting on China Standards Issues

Washington, DC, Sep 08, 2003

In an announcement issued today to ANSI members, the U.S. Department of Commerce has invited parties with an interest in standards and conformity assessment issues related to China to attend a Roundtable on China Standards Issues in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, September 16. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Commerce Department (14th and Constitution Avenue, NW – enter at 14th Street Main Entrance), Conference Room 4830.

“China is a key priority for U.S. standards developers and testing organizations, and U.S. exporters to China rank standards as one of their greatest market access concerns,” read the announcement. “Our roundtable discussion will focus on China standards and testing issues and how the Commerce Department and the U.S. private-sector can more effectively influence Chinese standards development and testing rules.”

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance Bill Lash will open the Roundtable, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia Pacific Policy Henry Levine will chair the discussion.

Proposals for the U.S. private sector to collectively establish a private standards office in China, and ways that DOC can assist in that process, will be discussed. Information about the successful establishment of “umbrella” offices in China by other U.S. industry sectors will be shared.

Click here to download a reservation reply form. All responses are due to the Department of Commerce by September 12, 2003.

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