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Register Today for World Standards Week 2011!

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wishes to invite all interested parties to register for World Standards Week 2011, to be held October 11-14, 2011, in Washington, DC. Each year, WSW brings together members of the standards and conformity assessment community and leaders from all industry sectors to celebrate standardization and the critical role it plays in all aspects of commerce and everyday life.

ANSI-ESO Conference on Transatlantic Partnerships
In addition to the U.S.-oriented ANSI meetings, ANSI has organized a conference in conjunction with the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) to foster networking and an open dialogue on the use of standards and compliance programs in such areas as e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security. Open to all interested stakeholders, the ANSI-ESO Conference will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 12.
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2011 ANSI Service and Leadership Awards
On the evening of October 12, the 2011 ANSI Annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony will pay tribute to the creativity, dedication, and vision of individuals who contribute to and participate in the U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment activities. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center, with the awards ceremony and dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m.
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Member Meetings and Legal Issues Forum
On October 13, WSW will play host to the ANSI member forum meetings and the Annual Business Meeting Luncheon, bringing ANSI's diverse members together to address strategic business issues facing the standards and conformance community and U.S. industry as a whole.

Another highlight of WSW, the ANSI Legal Issues Forum will examine legal and policy issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. The forum's first panel will address the pros and cons of the RAND licensing commitment and its continued viability as the preferred approach to deal with essential patented technology in standards. A second panel will address the pros and cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as a potential alternative to the RAND licensing model.

All ANSI member meetings and the Legal Issues Forum will be held at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center.
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U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day and Exhibition
This year, the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) - Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide - will recognize the crucial role of standards, codes, and conformity assessment in assuring the health and safety of people and the environment, today and for future generations. Organized by the WSD planning committee, the WSD reception, dinner, and ceremony will be begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 13 at The Fairmont Washington.
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The week will close on October 14 with the World Standards Day exhibition on Capitol Hill. To RSVP, contact Dain Hansen (202-414-6177; [email protected]).

The WSD planning committee is co-chaired by NIST and ANSI, with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) serving as the administrating organization for WSD 2011.

The full schedule of events and registration details are available at

ANSI thanks the following sponsors of WSW 2011:

Diamond Sponsors
Consumer Electronics Association
National Fire Protection Association
Society for Human Resource Management

Platinum Sponsors
Underwriters Laboratories

Gold Sponsors
Schneider Electric
Toy Industry Association

Break Sponsors
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Cactus Commerce
Information Technology Industry Council
John Deere & Company
NSF International


For more information, or to pledge support of WSW 2011, click here.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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