U.S. to Celebrate World Standards Day in October

1 April 2013

Leaders of industry, government, NGOs and academia will gather in Washington, D.C on 3 October 2013, in celebration of World Standards Day, honoring global efforts to establish voluntary technical agreements as international standards.

The event, annually co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and this year administrated by the North American Toy Industry Association, will focus on how standards assure quality, consistency and dependability in products designed for a world at work and play. From farm to table, manufacturer to retailer, and workplace to home, standards provide confidence for consumers, businesses and governments alike.

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day will kick off with a reception and exhibition highlighting standardization activities across more than 20 industry sectors, followed by a dinner and ceremony. During the evening, the U.S. toy industry’s Catherine (Kitty) Pilarz will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership award. The accolade, named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting standardization as a way of eliminating global barriers to trade.

The winner of the World Standards Day Paper Competition, which calls for original papers addressing this year’s theme, “Standards for a World at Work and Play,” will also be announced during the evening’s festivities. The winning author will receive $2,500 and be published in the Standards Engineering journal; second and third place winners receive $1,000 and $500 respectively. More information about the competition, including guidelines and deadlines, can be found online.

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