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Did You Know?


New York, Sep 07, 2007

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia Elected Vice Chair of ITAC 16
On August 29, 2007, S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of the American National Standards Institute, was elected vice chair of ITAC 16, the Industry Trade Advisory Committee focused on standards and technical trade barriers.

The ITAC program is a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Sixteen distinct committees engage business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy for a diverse range of industries, including consumer goods, intellectual property rights, and aerospace equipment. Originally established by Congress in the Trade Act of 1974, today more than 700 advisors participate in the ITAC system.

Bhatia’s term of office began on August 29 and will last the duration of ITAC 16’s charter term, which expires on February 17, 2010.

NNCO Requests Public Comments on Proposed EHS Priorities
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), is requesting public input for the prioritization of research and information needs related to environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials.

Public comments on the newly released document Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials (.pdf) will help to influence the allocation of resources given to research and information needs identified in the NSET report on Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials (.pdf - September 21, 2006), or to other identified priorities. The research priorities will be an important part of the NNI EHS research strategy, which will be used by federal agencies to support research within their mission areas.

“There is a direct linkage between the priority areas noted in this report and the work that is underway in ISO/TC 229/WG 3,” commented Heather Benko, administrator of the U.S. TAG to TC 229 - Nanotechnologies. “The public comments and final NSET report may help to shape our future work program in the international arena.”

Public comments can be submitted through September 17, 2007. (To comment, temporarily accept the security certificate. Internet Explorer 7 users click on "Continue to this website.")

ANSI Focus on Services Standards