Register for the spring World Standards Week (WSW) events today! From a future-focused conference highlighting technology and the workforce to a Legal Issues Forum on forensics standardization to the return of the ANSI Leadership and Service Awards and more, the American National Standards Institute will launch an exciting lineup of events on May 17-19, 2022. A premier annual gathering, WSW brings together ANSI members and diverse private- and public-sector stakeholders from across the standardization communities for topical discussions and special events in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
ANSI is pleased offer both in-person and virtual participation for all daytime events held during WSW. The Awards Ceremony and U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) are in-person only.
Please note: For all events held during WSW, including WSD, all those attending in person must be fully vaccinated and must complete an acknowledgement affirming their vaccinated status as part of the registration process. Per CDC, fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (e.g., Moderna, Pfizer) or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. In-person attendees must also agree to conform to all CDC guidelines, local rules, and other COVID-19 protocols adopted by ANSI and made applicable to any event held during WSW, including the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day.
The spring World Standards Week events include:
TUESDAY, MAY 17
ANSI National Policy Advisory Group (NPAG) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET
NPAG topics will include reports from the Committee on Education and the NPAG-IPAG Joint Task Force on Conformity Assessment and an update on government activities. Additionally, the NPAG will explore two topics—the recently released National Recycling Strategy and related public- and private-sector efforts to address recycling system challenges, and developments related to NIST recommendations on consumer-focused cybersecurity labeling programs for IoT and software. Open to NPAG and ANSI members; free.
USNC Young and Emerging Professionals National Launch Event 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Are you a new professional looking for networking and community? Join the official launch of the new National Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Program of the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Committee (USNC/IEC). The YEP program provides an exciting platform for active engagement among U.S. young and emerging professionals in electrotechnology standardization. An interactive working session will allow attendees to help shape the future of the program. Networking reception to follow. Open to all; free. View the draft agenda
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
WSW Spring Conference: Technology and the Workforce 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Hosted by ANSI in partnership with Workcred, this future-focused conference will examine how the acceleration of technology is impacting the U.S. workforce. The office of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce has been invited to share the Administration’s vision for workforce development as a key driver of U.S. competitiveness and to highlight opportunities for public-private partnerships that will help build an equitable, skilled workforce for the digital, data-based economy. Keynote speaker Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health, will share a visionary perspective on the future world of work and what U.S. companies and organizations need to do to compete. Three fire-side chat-style panels of expert speakers will explore the sea change impacting the workforce, workplace, and standardization community. Open to all; free. View the draft agenda
ANSI Leadership and Service Awards (honoring 2020-2021 awardees) 6 pm. – 9:30 p.m. ET
The ANSI Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding leaders and achievers in U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment activities across the broad spectrum of ANSI members and constituents. Rescheduled due to the pandemic, the May 18 celebration will honor 2020-21 award recipients with an in-person reception, ceremony, and banquet at the Fairmont Washington. Open to all. ANSI member: $110; non-member: $140.
Please note that a celebration honoring 2022 award recipients will take place during October World Standards Week. The call for nominations is expected to launch in May.
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022
ANSI Legal Issues Forum: Forensic Standards and Conformity Assessment 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
The Legal Issues Forum will focus on the nexus of forensic standards, conformity assessment, and law. The event will kick off with a keynote address by Judge Pam King of the 3rd Judicial District Court of Rochester, Minnesota.
The first panel of experts in the field of forensic science will discuss how performance can be assessed against forensic standards from the lab perspective. The panel will explore both the history and current state of forensic standards as well as the real-world impact of accreditation on the field. Panelists on Panel I will include representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration and various state and local forensic labs.
The second session of legal experts will share insights on how this all plays out in the courtroom. This panel will address the profound impact forensic standards and conformity assessment have had on the judicial system, both from the defense and prosecutorial perspectives. Panelists on Panel II will include representatives from the Innocence Project, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and various county District Attorney offices. Open to all; free.
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (2021 theme) 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET
The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) with the theme, Standards for Sustainable Development Goals (originally scheduled for October 2021), will be held as an in-person event at the Fairmont Washington on May 19. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is serving as the WSD administrating organization for this event. WSD is an annual event recognizing the critical role of various stakeholders across the standards community, including business leaders, industry, academia, and government. The May event will include the presentation of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership award to Dr. Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, and the announcement of the winners of the WSD Paper Competition.