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flexible Solutions for U.S. Standardization Needs

ANSI’s standards coordination work is responsive to evolving national priorities and industry needs, as innovation and technologies advance all the time. By assessing research and trends and linking emerging technologies with identified priorities, ANSI works with its members and stakeholders to identify potential areas for standards coordination and propose appropriate activities.

Once a need has been clearly identified, ANSI may initiate a standards coordination activity – often starting with a targeted workshop or stakeholder event, as in the recent activities below.

If a need for more formalized work is identified, these activities may result in the establishment of an ongoing standards collaborativeIn all cases, these activities are designed to advance cross-sector coordination in the development and compatibility of the standards and conformance programs needed to support and grow emerging technologies and markets.

commercial space industry

Informational Meetings - January & December 2020

ANSI held an informational meeting, Standardization and the Commercial Space Industry – Space Situational and Domain Awareness, Space Traffic Coordination and Management, and Orbital Debris Mitigation, on December 7, 2020, which built on priority discussions identified in an initial stakeholder meeting in January 2020. The purpose of the virtual meeting was to raise awareness of relevant policy and standardization activity relating to these topics and the growing commercial space industry, and to facilitate dialogue on coordination and participation in standards setting.

The meeting drew close to 300 attendees from the United States and 17 other countries. Subject-matter experts from government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia exchanged information on relevant policy instruments, industry standards, and best practices. Speakers remarked on the fast rate at which the commercial space industry is growing and the need for standards and best practices to keep pace with this momentum. It was generally acknowledged that achieving a safe and sustainable space ecosystem is going to require both the public and private sectors working together on these issues.

Contact: Jim McCabe, jmccabe@ansi.org

AI systems in healthcare

Stakeholder Workshop - September 14, 2020

ANSI convened a virtual, open forum stakeholder workshop, Standardization Enabling AI Systems in Healthcare, to explore opportunities for progress through collaboration and standardization, to identify challenges, barriers, and gaps, and to discuss steps to optimize regulatory frameworks in relation to artificial intelligence (AI) systems in healthcare.

The results of a July 2020 ANSI survey on Standardization Empowering AI-Enabled Systems in Healthcare inspired the workshop discussions, which covered data, transparency and explainability, governance, and risk management. The goal was to assess the need for coordination of standardization and governance to meet expectations of safety, quality, responsibility, and risk to support AI-enabled systems in healthcare.

Contact: Michelle Deane, mdeane@ansi.org

dietary supplements

Standarization Coordination Workshop - May 13, 2019

ANSI convened a Dietary Supplements Standardization Coordination Workshop to continue stakeholder dialogue on opportunities to work together to advance safety, quality, and trust in the dietary supplements supply chain, particularly through voluntary consensus standards and related conformity assessment programs. The event was a follow-up to initial stakeholder meeting on the topic held in December 2018.

The program included presentations, activity updates, and discussion among stakeholders on avenues for cooperation. Representatives of manufacturers, retailers, government agencies, trade and professional associations, and consumer advocates, attended. 

Contact: Kelley Cox, kacox@ansi.org

opportunities ahead 

As the demand for new products and services and the adoption of innovative solutions continue globally at break-neck speeds, there are big opportunities for U.S. businesses. And particularly in emerging markets like these, standards have the power to drive progress, safety, and efficiency by:

  • Facilitating the sharing of investments and risks associated with the development of new technologies and applications
  • Fostering innovation and increasing efficiency through collaboration
  • Providing a basis for the dissemination of information and an accepted framework for protection of intellectual property
  • Helping to establish reliable implementation of technologies, increasing consumer confidence and enabling critical mass for acceptance

ANSI continually monitors the standardization landscape across emerging/growth sectors and works with its members and stakeholders to assess standardization needs for potential coordination activity.

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