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United States Standards Strategy
A Revision of the National Standards Strategy for the United States

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United States Standards Strategy Overview

The United States Standards Strategy serves as a statement of purpose and ideals resulting from a reexamination of the principles and strategy that guide how the United States develops standards and participates in the international standards-setting process. It provides a framework that can be used by all interested parties to further advance trade issues, and a vision for the future of the U.S. standards system in today’s globally competitive economy.

History and Background

The United States Standards Strategy – 2015 is a revision of the National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS) that was approved in August 2000 and revised in 2005 and 2010. The first NSS reaffirmed that the U.S. is committed to a sector-based approach to voluntary standardization activities, both domestically and globally. It established a standardization framework that was 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. Strategic and tactical initiatives contained within this framework were developed so that they could then be used by diverse interests to meet their own national and individual organizational objectives.

The revision of the NSS is now known as the United States Standards Strategy (USSS). The name change recognizes globalization and the need for standards designed to meet stakeholder needs irrespective of national borders. The name also reflects a standardization environment that incorporates new types of standards development activities, more flexible approaches, and new structures.

United States Standards Strategy Committee (USSSC)

As called for in the first NSS, ANSI tracked implementation efforts and provided a mechanism for coordinating, integrating, and reporting progress. The Institute convened the United States Standards Strategy Committee to determine whether the NSS needed to be revised to reflect current issues and anticipated trends.

The resulting USSS was developed through the coordinated efforts of a large and diverse group of constituents representing stakeholders in government, industry, standards developing organizations, consortia, consumer groups, and academia. Throughout the process, all the participants expressed a commitment to developing the USSS in a way that was open, balanced, and transparent. The result is a document that represents the vision of a broad cross-section of standards stakeholders and that reflects the diversity of the U.S. standards system.

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