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ANSI and European Standards Organizations Share Q&A Documents to Facilitate Better Mutual Understanding


Following many months of collaboration and dialogue, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) have released two Q&A documents aimed at facilitating a better mutual understanding of the U.S. and European standardization systems.

The ESOs are comprised of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

The Q&A documents are the latest deliverable to come out of more than two decades of dialogue between ANSI and the ESOs. In recent years, these gatherings have evolved to also include the European Commission (EC) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

In support of continued education and awareness of the standards systems supporting the U.S. and the EU, ANSI and the ESOs offered to answer questions on their respective systems:

Both ANSI and the ESOs agreed that the intent of this initiative is to facilitate a better understanding of the workings of each system. This Q&A material is not intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the respective systems; an answer to a question does not imply that said answer is a complete or comprehensive explanation or response to the intended question. Further, the documents may continue to be living, working documents, as the ongoing ANSI-ESOs dialogue may raise further points for inclusion.

For more information, contact ANSI's International Policy team at [email protected].


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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