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A Review of U.S.A. Participation in the ISO and IEC



Erik Puskar, Dong G. Choi


Based on the Section 2543 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 , the Department of Commerce (DOC) has been responsible for monitoring the representation of United States interests before international standards organizations. As an agency of DOC, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published two specific reports for this purpose. The first report titled ‘A Review of U.S. Participation in International Standards Activities (NBSIR 3698)’ was published in January 1988, and covered the U.S. participation status in ISO and IEC during 1966-1986. The second report, ‘A Review of U.S. Participation in the ISO and the IEC (NISTIR 6492),’ was published 12 years later in February 2000, and covered the U.S. participation covering the span of 1966 – 1998 with a focus on the latter years. These two reports are few of the publically available resources to track the history of the participation in ISO and IEC. For the same purpose served by the two previous reports in 1988 and 2000, this report in 2013 is designed to describe the U.S. participation in ISO and IEC standardization activities during the year 1966-2012. This report shows the U.S. memberships, secretariats, chairs, and convenors in standards development committees in ISO and IEC compared with previous years and with other countries. Additionally, this report provides some data about the agreement-based cooperative activities of a few U.S. domiciled standards developing organizations. The alignment status of American National Standards, accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with ISO and IEC standards is also included.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8007
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U.S. Trade Agreement Act, WTO, TBT, Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, IEC, ISO, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), international standards, participation, trade, and, United States National Committee (USNC)


Puskar, E. and Choi, D. (2014), A Review of U.S.A. Participation in the ISO and IEC, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created August 4, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018