globalThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its global counterparts are getting ready for World Standards Week (WSW), in Washington, D.C., October 11-14.

From a conference on Transatlantic Standardization Partnerships on E-Mobility/Electric Vehicles, Energy, and Security to a meeting of the ANSI-European Standards Organizations (ESO) Joint Presidents Group, this year’s WSW focuses on the importance of transatlantic partnerships in the standardization and compliance industry.

“These interactive partnerships develop a network where open dialogue generates the sharing of best practices,” according to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), which serves as the secretariat for three occupational safety and health related ANSI standards: ANSI/AIHA ASC Z9 Health and Safety Standards for Industrial Ventilation Systems; ANSI/AIHA ASC Z88 Respiratory Protection Standards; and ANSI/AIHA ASC Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standard.

As a Standard Developing Organization (SDO), AIHA says it shares the ANSI’s dedication to the global recognition of standardization.

A joint conference will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 12 to highlight the benefits of the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) and ANSI partnership.

The program for WSW will also include the 2011 ANSI Annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony which will pay tribute to individuals who contribute to and participate in voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment activities. Also included in the program, WSW will host to the ANSI member forum meetings and the Annual Business Meeting Luncheon, addressing strategic business issues facing the standards and conformance community and U.S. industry as a whole.

Additionally, the ANSI Legal Issues Forum will examine legal and policy issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards.