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Register Today for Virtual World Standards Week 2021, October 25-29!


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has opened registration for World Standards Week events to be held virtually on October 25-29. A premier annual gathering, WSW brings together ANSI members and diverse private- and public-sector stakeholders from across the standards and conformity assessment communities for topical discussions and special events in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

To protect health and safety amid the pandemic, ANSI made the decision to split World Standards Week 2021 across fall 2021 (virtual events) and spring 2022 (in-person events). With a focus on attendee engagement and interaction, this fall’s virtual lineup will include greater use of video and opportunities for dialogue and networking. Register Today!

Highlights include:

ANSI International Policy Advisory Group (IPAG)

Open to IPAG members

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Discussions will include cooperation among ISO, IEC, and ITU; ANSI relations and programs with a focus on Europe, China, India, and Africa; and ANSI international development capacity-building initiatives.



ANSI National Policy Advisory Group (NPAG)
Open to ANSI members

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Discussions will include a national strategy for emerging technology standards; data flows, data governance and the digital economy, focusing on the role of principles and technical standards; and updates on relevant ANSI activities.



ANSI Annual Business Meeting All-Member Networking Event

Open to All

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET

Join president and CEO Joe Bhatia and Board chair Phil Piqueira for multimedia presentations highlighting the Institute's accomplishments, priorities, and vision for the future, with opportunities for Q&A and networking. 


Organizational Member Forum (OMF)

Open to ANSI members

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Among the agenda items, OMF members will share their experiences and best practices for hybrid meetings, and a panel of legal experts including ISO’s legal counsel will lead a discussion of recent law cases related to standards and regulation. 

Company Member Forum (CMF)
Open to ANSI members

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

CMF members will share insights on taking a strategic approach to standardization, and lead an open discussion of digital standards, among other topics. 

Government Member Forum (GMF)/ICSP

Open to ANSI members and members of the Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP)

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Discussions will include Executive Order 14017 on critical supply chains, a national strategy for emerging technology standards, and reaching underserved communities. 

Consumer Interest Forum (CIF)
Open to ALL

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Attendees will meet ANSI’s new consumer and legislative outreach manager and discuss relevant standards activities and opportunities, including ISO’s new Strategic Advisory Group on Smart Farming.



Special Event: Measuring the Impact of Voluntary Standards on Human Health and Safety

Open to ALL

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

In partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ANSI is bringing the standardization community together for a discussion of best practices and methodologies for measuring the impact of standards on health and safety. A keynote address by Laurie E. Locascio, Ph.D., vice president for research, University of Maryland, will be followed by two expert panel discussions and Q&A sessions supporting a  goal of building upon existing work and fueling future collaboration to develop common measurement methodologies.



ANSI Intellectual Property Rights Policy Advisory Group (IPRPAG)
Open to ALL;

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Company Member Forum (CMF)

USNC National Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Program: Soft Launch

Open to ALL

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

Leadership and staff of the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Committee (USNC/IEC) will introduce the USNC's new National YEP Program, to be formally launched in early 2022. The goal of the program is to create a platform for active engagement among all U.S. young and emerging professionals with interests in standards and conformity assessment for electrotechnologies. Former USNC IEC YEPs will share their first-hand experience and answer questions about all the opportunities and benefits of getting involved. 


Register for the fall 2021 WSW events and download WSW-branded virtual backgrounds for use during the event at The agendas for the events will be published shortly.


In-Person WSW Events

As previously announced, the larger, celebratory events originally scheduled for World Standards Week 2021, will take place in-person May 17-20, 2022. These events will include the ANSI Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony honoring the 2020-2021 awardees, an issue-focused conference, and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day recognizing the theme, Standards for Sustainable Development Goals.



Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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