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U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2015 Will Highlight How Standards Bridge and Strengthen Global Communication


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Without standardization, communication and collaboration between people, machines, parts, and products would be extremely challenging on an international level. As more people connect through technologies and global businesses continue to adopt methods to increase efficiency and streamline operations, standards remain an integral piece of the process. Acknowledging the critical role that standards play, the 2015 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, to be held October 1, 2015, will have the theme “Standards – The World’s Common Language.”

International standards help facilitate the most routine forms of communication, such as placing a phone call, surfing the web, or using credit cards when traveling. In a world devoid of standards, these and other daily activities performed by millions of people around the globe would be more complicated or nearly impossible. Standards also help expedite business worldwide and facilitate better collaboration around the world, which ultimately enhances trade operations.

This year, the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, an event that recognizes the critical role of various stakeholders across the standards community, including business leaders, industry, academia, and government, will be held at the Fairmont Washington in Washington, D.C. The event will include the presentation of the 2015 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership award, which is named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce and honors an individual who has effectively promoted standardization as a key tool in the elimination of global trade barriers. The 2015 World Standards Day Paper Competition winners will also be announced by the president of SES – The Society for Standards Professionals.

World Standards Day was initially launched in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated by nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from the standards and conformity assessment community. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will serve as the event’s 2015 administrating organization. The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

For more information or to register, please visit www.wsd-us.org. Advance registration is required.

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