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ANSI Holds First Workshops under USTDA-Sponsored U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment Cooperation Program

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently organized the first three workshops under the current phase of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)'s initiative, the U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment Cooperation Program (U.S.-China SCCP). As announced earlier this year, USTDA designated ANSI to carry out Phase III of the U.S.-China SCCP [see related story]. Phase III will include a total of 20 workshops and seminars over the next three years, covering a wide range of sectoral topics related to standards and conformity assessment. The first three workshops, which focused on electrostatic discharge, corrosion, and green data centers, were widely attended by industry and government representatives from both the U.S. and China.

In cooperation with its U.S. partner the Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA), ANSI held the Electrostatic Protection and Standardization Seminar from November 4-5 in Suzhou. ANSI and ESDA worked closely with the China National Institute for Standardization (CNIS) to ensure the seminar was a success. ESDA and CNIS first worked together to hold a workshop on this issue area last year [see related story]. China is currently laying the groundwork to develop standards and conformity assessment procedures in the area of electrostatic discharge (ESD), lending particular importance to the material covered during the workshop. Participants built upon last year's discussion through an in-depth exploration of several topics, including technological developments, and industry applications with respect to ESD protection. In addition to representatives from CNIS and ESDA, speakers included representatives of China's technical committees for ESD standardization and members of academia. Importantly, ESDA and CNIS also agreed to a work plan of future activities intended to harmonize ESD standards and certification programs used in the U.S. and China.

In cooperation with its U.S. partner NACE International, ANSI held the U.S.-China Anticorrosion Standards Seminar on November 7 in Beijing. U.S. and Chinese industry experts and academics exchanged best practices regarding the use of standards to control for corrosion in the marine and petrochemical industries, among others. The workshop provided participants with an important opportunity for technical exchange and identification of areas for cooperation. Technical experts from academia and research institutes discussed the impact of corrosion standards on fields such as the marine industry, nuclear power, and pipeline coatings.

In cooperation with its U.S. partner US-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), ANSI held the U.S.-China Green Data Center Workshop in Beijing on November 20. Industry experts used the workshop to discuss various topics relating to energy efficient data centers, including new technology trends, design and operation, and energy efficiency for power systems and cooling systems. During the workshop, ECP and the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) also signed the "U.S.-China Green Data Center Industry Cooperation Initiative" to promote the use and sale of relevant technologies between the U.S. and China. The workshop's strong attendance and sponsorship demonstrates the value industry placed on this workshop as an opportunity to connect with other companies, organization and government representatives and, ultimately, expand their business.

Pictures from the Electrostatic Discharge seminar, Anticorrosion seminar, and Green Data Center workshop are available online.

ANSI will hold additional U.S.-China SCCP workshops in 2014. Details on these workshops will be forthcoming. Additional information regarding the U.S.-China SCCP, including co-sponsorship opportunities for future workshops, is available online. To learn more about the U.S.-China SCCP, including co-sponsorship opportunities for future workshops, visit the U.S.-China SCCP website or send an email to [email protected].


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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