Today, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the private sector-led U.S. standardization system, issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Interim Final Rule regarding the release of certain technologies in standards-related activities.
ANSI welcomes the updated rule issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce and commends the Department for clarifying and expanding the rule to enable U.S. companies’ engagement in the full range of international standards-related activities. Continued unrestricted access to all relevant standards forums, regardless of the technology area, while respecting national security constraints, is critical to U.S. competitiveness.
The U.S. standards system has contributed significantly to meeting a diverse range of private and public sector needs in a variety of industries and in response to emerging national and international concerns. Stakeholders – government, industry and standards developers – need to be proactive in addressing international implications of standards in support of national priorities. ANSI appreciates the Department’s engagement with private-sector stakeholders on this critical issue and its recognition that any impediment to U.S. influence in standards development forums undermines both U.S. economic and national security.
Comments on the interim final rule may be submitted to BIS by November 8, 2022. Details are available on the Federal Register website.