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Reflections of 2022: Standards and People in Action

1/03/2023

A new year gives ANSI an opportunity to reflect on some of the ways in which our collaborative work has helped bolster standards efforts—for innovation, competition, and for the next generation—in 2022. ANSI pays tribute to several newsworthy achievements made possible with the help of the standardization community.

Learning from Each Other…

In 2022, we heard from experts about the impact of voluntary consensus standards on health and safety and insights on technology and the workforce during World Standards Week events in the spring and fall.

We also heard directly from trailblazers who continue to lead efforts for the next generation of standards leaders, in interviews with Carrie Schmaus, chair of the USNC Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Committee, and Muhammad Ali, co-vice chair of the ANSI Committee on Education (CoE).

And we learned more about why consumer voices matter in standardization, and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive standards workforce.

Through Efforts in Action…

During ANSI’s workshop on global supply chain security for microelectronics standardization, held on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), ANSI saw continued collaboration between industry experts, the U.S. government, and the standardization community to ensure the security of global supply chains for microelectronics.

Work is also underway in unmanned aircraft systems: A recent Gaps Progress Report tracks efforts over six months by standards developing organizations (SDOs) and others to address the gaps identified in the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (version 2.0, June 2020), published by the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC).

Straight from the Sources…

We found out more about standards that make a difference as we talked with the experts. Recently celebrating 5 years since its formation, the International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information technology, Subcommittee (SC) 42, Artificial intelligence, is the first-of-its-kind international standards committee looking at the full AI IT ecosystem. ANSI, which holds the Secretariat of the committee, heard about why speaking the same AI language starts with standardization in a Q&A with Wael William Diab, chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42.

Everyone wants a healthy new year, and we learned how ISO’s (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 215 on health informatics, whose Secretariat is held by ANSI, is making a positive impact on standards that support healthier lives during an interview with Gora Datta, Convenor of ISO TC 215 Working Group 10 on Traditional Medicine.

And Connecting the World

In October 2022, business and industry leaders from around the world joined technology experts in San Francisco for the 86th General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Hosted by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the IEC—a committee of ANSI—this year’s meeting welcomed approximately 2,000 participants from more than 90 countries. Keynote speakers included Dr. Laurie E. Locascio, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).

In regional activities, ANSI and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) co-hosted the 2022 U.S.-Korea Standards Forum, exploring collaboration opportunities in standardization between the two countries. And the expanded Standards Alliance Phase 2 is providing opportunities for private-sector partners, U.S. government experts, and USAID-eligible countries and regions including Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indo-Pacific to work together on topics ranging from COVID recovery and medical device technology to clean energy, safe concrete standards, and more.

We Provide Valuable Resources to Our Community

While ANSI recognizes that understanding standards can be a challenge, we also know that spreading knowledge far and wide is critically important for our community and others who want to know more about what we do. In 2022 ANSI launched a new “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage, providing clear and concise answers to an array of common questions about standards and the U.S. and international standardization systems.

These achievements are just a small selection of 2022 news. To read about other news updates, visit ANSI.org/news.

“As always, it’s ANSI’s overarching objective to further the health, safety, and well-being of us all,” said ANSI CEO and president S. Joe Bhatia. “While our activities change year-to-year as we pursue that mission, the end goal of improving U.S. competitiveness and quality of life through standardization never leaves our sight.”

ANSI staff wishes its members, stakeholders, and the greater standardization community a happy and healthy new year!

If you have news to share with ANSI to consider for publication in 2023, please email the ANSI communications team at [email protected].

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