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Standards Alliance Connects U.S. and Southern African Countries on Effective Participation in ISO


The training was led by representatives from ANSI's ISO team along with the American Oil and Chemists Society, which leads the U.S. TAG for ISO Technical Committee (TC) 34, Food products; Advanced Resources International, which leads the U.S. TAG for ISO TC 82, Mining; and Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute, which leads the U.S. TAG for ISO TC 242, Energy management. Fifteen representatives from the national standards bodies and national mirror committees of Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia participated.

The first half of the training focused on cross-cutting issues related to national mirror committee formation and operation, including stakeholder engagement and participation in ISO meetings. The latter part provided participants with an overview of the work plan and dynamics of the ISO TCs for food products, mining, and energy management, which were identified by Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia as priority TCs. Workshop participants agreed to an action plan for applying the knowledge gained through the training, including increased communication with U.S. and regional counterparts, and the development of guides and procedures for national mirror committees to follow.

Training materials, including an agenda, presentations, and shared resources, are available on the Standards Alliance website. For more information or questions, please contact [email protected].


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