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A Standards Infrastructure for the Future



Belinda L. Collins


This paper presents several approaches for a global standards infrastructure, from the viewpoint of the United States, and from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in particular. The U.S. system is explained in some detail - in part to describe its complexity and breadth; and in part to extract sound principles that could be incorporated into a global infrastructure. The European approach is described only briefly as it will be familiar to the readers of Enjeux. Finally, the paper concludes that the pressures of the global market, the interconnectedness of suppliers and manufacturers, and the need to protect health, safety and the environment in products supplied to any consumer anywhere in the world are forcing a reexamination of the contributions that the U.S. process could bring to the global standards process of the future.
No. 200 (no volume number)
No. 4


ANSI, global market, infrastructure, international, standards, trade


Collins, B. (2000), A Standards Infrastructure for the Future, Enjeux, [online], (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created January 1, 2000, Updated February 17, 2017