ANSI forms standards panel

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

WASHINGTON - The American National Standards Institute has established the Homeland Security Standards Panel, a coordinating body for the development of Homeland Security and emergency preparedness standards.

ANSI, a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment standards, established the HSSP in direct response to a congressional report filed in January entitled “Homeland Security: Standards for State and Local Preparedness.”

Membership will include representatives of industry, government, trade associations, standards developers and groups directly involved in U.S. Homeland Security standardization.

“ANSI is uniquely positioned to address the urgent national priorities in homeland security by facilitating the standardization efforts of the public and private sectors,” said Dr. Arden Bement, director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.