What should staff know when drafting bills that impact standards development for critical and emerging technologies? The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is sponsoring an informational briefing that will provide vital information on standards, the importance of U.S. participation in their development, and where Congressional action can bolster the underpinnings of the system.
“Technology Standards: What They Are, Why They Matter, and What Congress Can Do” will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET at Rayburn House Office Building Room 2325 in Washington, DC.
Click here to register. All interested Hill staff are invited to attend this free informational briefing. Refreshments will be served.
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ANSI is sponsoring this event in cooperation with the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (SST).
Standards for Critical and Emerging Technologies: Why is U.S. Engagement Important?
The global standards landscape is evolving at a growing pace. The sheer number of standards activities and venues has increased in the past decade; work is ongoing in formal consensus bodies, treaty organizations, and various standards setting organizations. The pace of change in emerging technology areas is moving at an ever-increasing rate. Furthermore, there are a larger number of global players—representing government, the private sector, and academia—actively engaged in standards development.
Standards for critical and emerging technologies (CETs)—advanced technologies that are essential for U.S. competitiveness and national security—carry strategic significance. Enhancing U.S. engagement in standards for critical and emerging technology spaces will strengthen our economic and national security.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system. For more than 100 years, the Institute has overseen the U.S. private-sector-led standards and conformity assessment system, working in close partnership with government, industry, and others to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. business and quality of life. More than 240 ANSI-accredited organizations develop standards that support all industry sectors and address national and global priorities.
ANSI is not itself a standards developing organization. Rather, the Institute provides a framework for fair standards development and quality conformity assessment systems and continually works to safeguard their integrity. And as a neutral venue for coordination of standards-based solutions, the Institute brings together private- and public-sector experts and stakeholders to initiate collaborative standardization activities that respond to national priorities.
ANSI is the official U.S. representative to ISO and, via its U.S. National Committee, the IEC. These are the non-treaty-based international standards bodies where much work on standards for critical and emerging technologies is underway. As the U.S. member body, ANSI facilitates access of U.S. experts, organizations, industry, and academia to these forums—working to assure that U.S. interests are considered, and our preferred solutions are broadly adopted.
For more information, see ANSI’s Roles.