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United States National Committee to Hold Constituency Workshop


New York, Aug 26, 2002

The United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced today that a USNC Constituency Workshop has been scheduled for Monday, September 23rd at Edison Electric Institute in Washington, DC.

Open to USNC technical advisors, deputy technical advisors, USNC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrators, IEC Technical Committee (TC) or Subcommittee (SC) secretaries and IEC TC/SC chairmen, the workshop will focus on issues and topics identified during a survey of TA/TAG information needs conducted earlier this year.

"This workshop provides a unique opportunity for those U.S. interests most closely involved with IEC to exchange information and receive updates on activities critical to their daily standards-setting responsibilities," explained Steven Seeker, USNC president and vice-president of Cooper Power Systems.

Attention will be given to issues such as the global relevance of IEC standards; regional and international cooperation and coordination; intellectual property (copyright) issues; the adoption of standards at both the national and international levels; implementation of the U.S. National Standards Strategy; and various conformity assessment activities. Focus areas will also include a review of successes achieved following the USNC's structural reorganization that was implemented in January 2001 and a report on the current financial status of both the IEC and the USNC.

Mr. Jack Sheldon of the IEC Central Office in Geneva and Mr. Tim Rotti, who is responsible for IEC's Regional Centre for North America, will be on hand to answer questions and provide updates on several IEC procedural and operational issues. Interaction between workshop participants and the invited speakers will be encouraged throughout the day.

As Frank K. Kitzantides, USNC vice president-technical and vice president-engineering at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) explained, "Our aim is to increase international efforts to strengthen U.S. participation in IEC, both in the standards and conformity assessment areas. Well-trained U.S. representatives will help to increase our [U.S.] value as an IEC member body, while enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses and improving the quality of life of citizens and workers around the globe."

On Tuesday, September 24th, the USNC Technical Management Committee will be meeting at EIA Headquarters, and on Wednesday, September 25th, the USNC Council will be meeting at ITI Headquarters. Both locations are in Washington, D.C.

About the USNC

The United States National Committee of the IEC, the USNC, serves as the ANSI-sponsored and U.S. electrotechnical industry-supported interface with its international parent organization the International Electrotechnical Commission - IEC. The USNC was founded 1907; in 1931 it affiliated with a predecessor organization of the American National Standards Institute and is now described in the ANSI By-Laws as an Institute committee. Today, more than four thousand U.S. managerial, engineering, scientific and professional participants staff the USNC.

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