Middle East Standards Related Activities
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1. ANSI Regional Standing Committee on Europe, the Middle
East and Africa
The ANSI RSC for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is one of three ANSI Regional Standing Committees. The other two RSCs cover the Asia-Pacific and the Americas. These committees have been established to provide input from the ANSI perspective to regional activities in the areas of standardization and conformity assessment. They also provide a framework for raising standards-related problems. NIST participates in the regional standing committee as a member of ANSI.
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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
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September 24 - October 5, 2001 Standards and Conformity Assessment Workshop for West Bank and Gaza
July 23 - August 3, 2001 Metrology Workshop for the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
June 19 28, 2000 U.S. - G.C.C. Industrial Quality Manufacturing Workshop
March 8 - 17, 1999 Laboratory Quality Management
There is currently one standards expert located in the Middle East. This expert is a NIST Standards Representative in Saudi Arabia who has an office in the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) in Riyadh. Standards Representatives serve as in-country experts and liaison for all standards-related matters, handling a wide variety of issues. They effectively contribute to U.S. businesses in their attempts to penetrate markets.
The standards experts monitor standards and conformity assessment activities in the region, including participation in the planning and/or conducting of events by regional bodies. They also notify government, standards-developing organizations, trade associations, and industry technical experts of countries about discussions of standards and related issues in order to promote acceptance of U.S. positions and product certifications and to harmonize standards and procedures. The experts support the NIST Standards in Trade Workshops by identifying candidates, identifying issues, and providing technical and logistical support. They analyze standards-related issues to support government and industry trade associations and provide U.S. standards information to the government and private standards organizations of Asian countries in order to promote the harmonization of standards and conformity assessment practices in the United States.
International Trade Administration
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Date created: April 02, 2001