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American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
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Press release date: September 18, 2006

NEW YORK, Sept. 18-- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), announced today the launch of a Standards Portal ( that will facilitate the trade of goods and services between the United States and the People's Republic of China.

Surveys conducted by the U.S.-China Business Council in 2005 and 2006 show that standardization issues rank sixth among the top ten concerns of U.S. companies doing business in China. When specified by customers or embodied in regulations, compliance with standards can be a pre-requisite for gaining access to foreign markets.

"The Standards Portal demonstrates a commitment by our three organizations to foster cross-border trade between the U.S. and China and to promote the ongoing importance of trade development through mutual information exchange and cooperation," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO.

Designed primarily for industry stakeholders and policy officials, the Standards Portal contains dual-language (Mandarin and English) educational materials on the structure, history, and operation of the U.S. and Chinese standards systems; a database of 2,000 standards (1,000 from each nation) considered vital to successful trade between the two nations; and access to nearly 300,000 other national, regional and international standards and guidelines.

Funding for the project was provided by a matching grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration.

"This resource supports one of the Commerce Department's key trade initiatives, helping U.S. exporters to familiarize themselves with Chinese technical requirements and commonly used standards, and to gain market access to one of the world's fastest growing economies," explains NIST Director William Jeffrey.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also played an active role in the website's development, identifying more than one third of the U.S. standards that are now referenced in the "Standards and Regulations" resource directory.

CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy A. Nord applauded the launch of the Portal and predicted that it will help manufacturers understand the standards used in the U.S. and China.

"Common consumer products manufactured in China, such as apparel, toys, and electronic equipment, account for a significant portion of U.S. imports," said Nord. "The extensive resources provided in the Portal will help Chinese manufacturers exporting to the U.S. market ensure that their products meet stringent U.S. regulations and standards for safety."

Products from China and Hong Kong comprise 44% of the total consumer recalls issued by the Commission.

ANSI, in partnership with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), will update and enrich the information according to the interest of the website's users and other stakeholders.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

SAC is the primary agency responsible for standardization in China. Established in 2001, SAC responsibilities include drafting and revising China's national standards, as well as relevant laws and regulations related to standardization in China.

CONTACT: Stacy Leistner of ANSI, +1-212-642-4931; or Mark Bello of NIST, +1-301-975-3776

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