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NIST Award $500,000 Grant to ANSI

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NIST Award $500,000 Grant to ANSI

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary consensus standards system, has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, to further "U.S. interests in areas of international standardization and conformity assessment"-technical areas that define the terms of access to global markets.

Henry Line, chairman of the ANSI International Committee, said: "Inasmuch as standards are the common denominator in addressing the demands imposed by market forces, it is imperative that U.S. technology be appropriately positioned in all of the global forums wherein requirements are being articulated. The grant from NIST will assist in ANSI's efforts to position the U.S. at the forefront of the international standards-development community."

As the official U.S. member to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and to the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), ANSI is an advocate for U.S. interests in the international standards-development arena. The institute is responsible for U.S. representation in all of the activities of the ISO and IEC and votes on all proposed international standards under development by these two organizations. More than 130 nations are ISO members; IEC membership totals 60 countries.

Among the U.S.'s top 10 trading partners, levels of government support for national standards organizations in 1995 ranged from nearly 4 percent for the U.K. to 100 percent for Japan, Mexico, China, and South Korea. The $500,000 grant from NIST is equivalent to almost 3 percent of ANSI's annual budget.

ANSI pays combined dues of almost $2 million per year to ISO and IEC and expends another $2 million per year in support of international programs and efforts. …

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