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National Standards Strategy for the United States

The National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS) is a roadmap to developing reliable, market-driven standards in all sectors.

National Standards Strategy for the United States (First edition – Approved August 2000)

The first National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS) was developed over a two-year period by a diverse group of government and private sector representatives from industry, government, trade and professional societies, and consumer organizations; it was approved in August 2000.

The primary focus of the NSS is to improve U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace while continuing to provide strong support for domestic markets and key quality-of-life issues such as the environment. The NSS:

  • reaffirms that the U.S. is committed to a sector-based approach to voluntary standardization activities, both domestically and globally;
  • provides an outline of key principles necessary for the development of standards to meet societal and market needs and a strategic vision for implementing these principles nationally and internationally;
  • provides a standardization framework built upon the traditional strengths of the U.S. system – such as consensus, openness and transparency – while giving additional emphasis to speed, relevance, and meeting the needs of public interest constituencies;
  • sets forth a framework by building on the strengths of the U.S system by proposing a set of strategic and tactical initiatives that can be used by all interests to meet national and individual organizational objectives in the standards arena.


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