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Chair of U.S. Standards Strategy Committee to Address February Meeting of ANSI Caucus

Washington, DC, Jan 20, 2005

On Friday, February 4, 2005, the ANSI Caucus will feature S. Joe Bhatia, executive vice-president, international, for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and chairman of the U.S. Standards Strategy Committee (USSC - formerly known as the National Standards Strategy Committee).

The first edition of the National Standards Strategy, a key strategy document for the United States, was issued in 2000. In mid-2004, the ANSI Board of Directors convened the National Standards Strategy Committee (NSSC) under Mr. Bhatia’s leadership to determine whether the NSS needs to be revised to reflect current issues and anticipated trends.

During the past year, more than 100 members of the standards and conformity assessment community - representing a broad cross-section of diverse interests including industry sectors, small/medium and large organizations, federal and state government, and more - have participated in the review process.

The name change for the Strategy, and consequently for the committee, recognizes globalization and the need for standards designed to meet stakeholder needs irrespective of national borders. The new name also reflects a standardization environment that incorporates new types of standards development activities, more flexible approaches and new structures.

The USSSC has been committed to developing the Strategy in a way that will benefit the nation and the international community; the efforts to do so have been open, balanced and achieved through a transparent and participatory process.

At the February 2005, Mr. Bhatia will explain the NSS revision process and the progress that has been made. This is an opportunity to get some perspective on the work that has gone into producing the new strategy, and a preview of issues such as:

  • continuing support for the current sectoral approach to standardization that is supported by the U.S.
  • endorsement of the World Trade Organization's internationally recognized principles for standards development
  • mitigation of the use of standards as trade barriers
  • the education of policy and decision makers on standardization issues
  • a tactical initiative addressing embedded intellectual property in standards

The chairman will also outline plans for roll-out of the draft for review and comment, including and provide information about a mid-April 2005 public forum in Washington, DC. These events will provide an opportunity for the public at large to review and comment on the revised draft of the Strategy.

Mr. Bhatia has a distinguished 35-year career at UL; as vice president, international, he directs and oversees all day-to-day activities of 2300 employees in UL’s 26 international subsidiary operations. He is a member of the Board of Directors for both ANSI and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and serves as chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative’s Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC), which advises the U.S. government on international trade and market access matters.

The February Caucus event will begin at 11:30 am with general networking, and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. The University Club is located at 1135 16th Street, between L and M streets. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Karp ( by Tuesday, January 25, 2005.

The February sponsor is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). ANSI Caucus luncheons are held on the first Friday of each month and are free to ANSI members. For more information on caucus luncheons, please contact David Karmol, ANSI vice president, public policy and government affairs (; 202-331-3610).

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