Dialogue on New U.S. Standards Strategy

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will host a special dialogue at 2:00 pm on March 30, 2005, on U.S. manufacturing and international standards aimed at representatives of manufacturing companies and industry organizations. Held at the NAM headquarters in Washington, DC, the dialogue will focus on the new United States Standards Strategy (USSS), a revision of the National Standards Strategy for the United States (first edition August 2000). The purpose of a standards strategy for the United States is to establish a framework that can be used by all interested parties to further advance trade issues in the global marketplace, enhance consumer health and safety, meet stakeholder needs and, as appropriate, advance U.S. viewpoints in the regional and international arena.

Under the leadership of the USSS Committee, experts in the standards community have collaborated to review and revise the Strategy, in order to address the critical importance of standards in the U.S. economy and the global marketplace.

"The draft USSS gives greater attention to, among other things, the central role standards play in the international marketplace and the need to devote more effort to educate both the American and foreign publics on the benefits of the unique U.S. standards system," said Mr. Bill Primosch, NAM senior director of international business policy.

For those new to standards, the dialogue will provide a useful primer and overview of key standards issues and the growing challenges to America’s successful market-driven, sectoral approach to standards development. For standards experts, the dialogue will provide a timely opportunity to review current trends and give feedback on the adequacy of the new strategy in addressing issues of concern with other experts in the field.

The session will be chaired by Mr. S. Joe Bhatia, Underwriters Laboratories executive vice president and COO, and chair of the USSS Committee; Mr. Bill Primosch will serve as facilitator. Other members of the USSS Committee will also be on hand to share their views and respond to questions.


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