SOURCE: American National Standards Institute

January 17, 2006 16:04 ET

Chinese National Standards Added to Inventory of ANSI Electronic Standards Store (

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 17, 2006 -- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the United States voluntary consensus standards system, announced today the addition of more than 13,000 Chinese national standards to the inventory of products available on its eStandards Store ( The standards are delivered in electronic (.PDF) format and increase the number of total standards available on the eStandards Store to more than 83,000.

Widely recognized as a one-stop resource for standards in the United States, addition of the new collection of Chinese GB (Guojia Biaozhun, Chinese for national standard) will facilitate access to the procedures, guidelines and requirements necessary for companies who intend to do business in the People's Republic of China.

Developed and maintained by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), a government agency responsible for centralizing the Chinese standardization system and ANSI's counterpart in China, the standards are currently available in Chinese (Mandarin). To assist in the identification of the Chinese GB standards needed by ANSI's public- and private-sector constituents, document titles for the entire collection are available in English. With support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ANSI will provide the abstracts of nearly 1,000 of the most requested Chinese GB standards into English by mid-year 2006.

In a reciprocal agreement, SAC and the Standards Press of China will distribute an ANSI-provided collection of U.S. standards in China. Hard copies of the GB standards will also be made available through ANSI's reseller channel.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 entities and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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