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ANSI announces launch of U.S.-India SCCP.

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February 11, 2009 - By boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues, U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program is designed to improve access for U.S. companies to Indian market and will be carried out by ANSI with funding from USTDA. One primary component of initiative is development of U.S. Standards Directory, which will include specific information on standards, conformity assessment procedures, technical regulations, and trade capacity building opportunities for 5 key sectors.

ANSI Announces Launch of U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program


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American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
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Press release date: February 4, 2009

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced the upcoming launch of the U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program (SCCP). The Institute will carry out the program with funding from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and in coordination with the Confederation of Indian Industry.

The SCCP is a comprehensive, multi-faceted program designed to improve access for U.S. companies to the Indian market by boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues. The program is expected to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to become involved with and increase their individual engagement with Indian stakeholders, continuing the recent increase in Indo-U.S. trade and facilitating technical dialogue between targeted industry sectors.

Primary components of the initiative include:

Development of U.S. Standards Directory
The directory will include specific information on standards, conformity assessment procedures, technical regulations, and trade capacity building opportunities for five key sectors. It is intended to serve as a foundation for a comprehensive directory of market access and market acceptance requirements in the U.S.

U.S. Standards and Conformance Workshops
A series of workshops will be sponsored and co-organized by U.S. private-sector organizations. These events are intended to be targeted technical exchanges between small groups of industry stakeholders and will include opportunities to present results of discussion to high-level officials within regulatory and other government agencies.

Expansion of StandardsPortal
New features will include: expanded information on the standards and conformance systems in India, a guide to U.S. best practices, a directory of conformance bodies in the U.S., and a directory of U.S. regulatory agencies.

The program will be officially launched with ceremonies in New Delhi on February 20, 2009, and in Washington, DC on March 2, 2009.

For more information, visit www.StandardsPortal.org/us-indiasccp. Questions can be directed to Elise Owen, ANSI's representative for China and India affairs, (eowen@ansi.org; 202-331-3624) or Leslie McDermott, ANSI project coordinator for regional and bilateral affairs (lmcdermott@ansi.org; 202-331-3626).
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