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ANSI Wishes Its Members a Safe, Happy and Successful New Year

New York, Dec 31, 2004

As 2004 draws to a close, the ANSI staff would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support during the past year.

ANSI is proud of its many accomplishments during 2004, including the establishment of the ANSI Nanotechnology Panel. The ANSI-NSP is the forum where private and public sector interests agree to cooperatively address the standards needs of the emerging nanotechnology field. Also this year, ANSI and its Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP)responded to a request from the 9-11 Commission to deliver a recommendation on emergency preparedness and business continuity for the private sector. The resulting recommendation was endorsed and included in the Panel’s final report to Congress and the President. The Institute was also pleased to support the Standards Developing Organization Advancement Act (HR 1086), which was signed into law by President Bush in June.

Our accreditation program for product certifiers continues to receive worldwide recognition, and earlier this year ANSI was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a peer assessment of its national accreditation system for organic foods. The Institute’s Committee on Education continued to play a crucial role in communicating the benefits of standards and conformity assessment to business, government and the academic community, including a major university outreach initiative to help educate the future workforce on the importance of standardization.

ANSI maintained its commitment to fostering positive relationships with our global partners, and in 2004 we led many efforts to support the development and acceptance of globally relevant standards that will promote economic prosperity and trade for businesses around the world. We believe that these and our many other achievements signify further success in the New Year.

We would like to extend our best wishes for a safe, happy and successful 2005. We are always open to your comments and suggestions on ways to improve our services.

Happy New Year!

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