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GTW Associates contributed   Whither European or International Services Standards? in a  Talkstandards event  Standardising the Single Market  May 31  While the focus was on “Services standards”  GTW posited the strategic policy question: “ why with respect to services standards have you stopped at the confines of what constitutes Europe these days? Is this not a strategic blunder? Should not the objective be a global market?  GTW highlighted the issues presented by  different EU and US proposals defining specific elements in any draft text relating to international standards  in the Negotiating Group on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NGMA) of the WTO
Prof. Tim Büthe (Duke University, USA) and Prof. Walter Mattli (Oxford University, UK).  have written a helpful treatise   The New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy on the role that technical and often non-governmental rules play in the governance of global product and financial markets  
ANSI convened a provocative meeting May 12   Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?    The event uncovered  instances where conflict and duplication in standards development have been intentional in response to stakeholder needs, and unintentional due to lack of awareness of existing standardization efforts  The meeting addressed how  the forces of competition, convergence, and coordination impact standards development.
ANSI  revised and published in February  new   Guidelines for Implementation of the ANSI Patent Policy   The new text addresses the cases where:

Occasionally ASDs have encountered situations where a potentially essential patent claim(s) becomes known or identified to the ASD but the ASD does not receive a Letter of Assurance ("LoA"). This situation may arise for various reasons and appropriate responses will vary depending on the circumstances. The following is an illustrative list of possible actions based on actions ASDs have taken in the past. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and the items listed may not be appropriate in particular circumstances.

Possible actions before an American National Standard (ANS) issued and while the document is under development:

ASD stops the ANS approval process (i.e., no ANS issued)

ASD publishes the document but not as an ANS

ASD substitutes alternative technology for the suspected technology (i.e., a work around)

European Commission Announced Measures to Modernize European Standardization.   The European Commission proposed June 1  a series of legislative and non-legislative measures intended to accelerate expand, and modernize European standardization activities.  
GTW Associates will participate June 7 in the Talkstandards event A New Strategy for European Intellectual Property Rights   to focus on the European intellectual property rights strategy  released on the 24th of May 2011. 
Defense, VA chose e-health record graphical user interface  The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have selected a key component of the their joint electronic health record -- the graphical user interface, which clinicians will use to access records and radiological imagery. 
NIST  prepared a  Summary of the responses to the December 8 RFI on Federal Agency Participation in Standardization Activities in Select Technology Areas and related Observations based on these responses.  GTW Associates Excerpted parts of the summary addressing patents and copyright.  GTW The summary and observations are intended to facilitate both internal (government) and external (public) discussion and interactions on issues related to federal government engagement in standardization activities in national priority areas.  GTW   found 24  of the the 93 public comments (including GTW) on the Effectiveness of Federal Agency Participation in Standardization  addressed the matter of Intellectual property rights  in standards setting.  Fully one third of the 24 respondents noted there was no  need for fundamental change to existing approaches of handling IP issues in standards setting  
In March 2011 USTR  published the  2011 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE)   the twenty-sixth in an annual series that surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. The report  describes barriers to trade in 60 nations, the European Union, and the Arab League.  The report contains descriptions of the IP landscape in each of the countries covered, and often notes “concerns” about perceived weakness in enforcement.  The introduction describes the report as a statutorily required “inventory of the most important foreign barriers affecting U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct investment by U.S. persons, and protection of intellectual property rights.  There are 24 references to standards in the report.  The report refers to The United States Trade Representative's  two important earlier compilations of non tariff barriers to trade facing US Exporters USTR March 31 report 2010 REPORT ON TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE   and 2010 REPORT ON SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES March 2010 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States does not share the views advanced in  submissions  by some others in the Negotiating Group on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NGMA) at WTO     that would  identify  particular organizations as  sources for  relevant international standard within the meaning of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade . Chairman  Luzius Wasescha reports April 21 on the state of play of the NAMA negotiations  that Brainstorming and small group consultations need to be pursued to reach agreement in this area
The UN/CEFACT convened a Global Meeting of Experts (GME) on Trade Facilitation Recommendations and Electronic Business Standards      in  McLean , Virginia , 28 March – 1 April 2011
The ANSI Committee on Education and the  APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance’s Project Advisory Group on Education convened the conference  “Opportunities and Challenges for Education on Standardization in Universities” February 28 in Washington DC.
GTW Associates  submitted  recommendations and substantive comments   in  March 7,  2011  Standardization feedback to the  Sub-Committee on Standards  Docket No. 0909100442–0563–02    Effectiveness of Federal Agency Participation in Standardization 
24  of the the 93 public comments (including GTW) on the Effectiveness of Federal Agency Participation in Standardization  addressed the matter of Intellectual property rights  in standards setting.  Fully one third of the 24 respondents noted there was no  need for fundamental change to existing approaches of handling IP issues in standards setting
GTW Associates  submitted  recommendations and substantive comments   in  April 1 ,  2011    comments on  the Strategy for American Innovation   Securing our Economic Growth National Economic Council, Council  of Economic Advisers, And Office of Science and Technology Policy 
NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with the NIST National Center for Standards and Certification Information has launched an Internet pilot project to allow "first responders"   free access to approximately 300 standards.  
NIST has developed  a framework  to  evaluate and implement sustainability standards most appropriate for industry operations and interests. NIST  will  present this framework  May 4 at the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering in Braunschweig, Germany 
On March 7, 2011, NIST Director Dr. Patrick Gallagher testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee  on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies    An Overview of the FY 2012 Budget for NIST 

Phoenix Center Policy Bulletin No. 28, Regulatory Expenditures, Economic Growth and Jobs: An Empirical Study   presents data  claiming  that reducing the size of the federal regulatory budget by even modest amounts will have significant positive effects on  GDP and private sector growth

On February 8 2011 the European Commission published a question-and-answer document to explain the issues surrounding the common mobile phone charger for which a new EU standard was introduced last December  Reshad Forbes at  Van Bael & Bellis  has prepared  helpful background

The very best April Fools joke I have ever seen in the standards world  was played on the IETF mailing list by J. C. Jones. See  Alternative To IPv6
(NIST) Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with the NIST National Center for Standards and Certification Information has launched an Internet pilot project to allow "first responders"   free access to approximately 300 standards.  The cooperating standards organizations are ASTM International, IEEE and the NFPA.  OLES will analyze information on the agencies that use the documents in order to better understand how first responders use the documents. 
NIST has developed  a framework  to  evaluate and implement sustainability standards most appropriate for industry operations and interests. NIST  will  present this framework  May 4 at the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering in Braunschweig, Germany 
On March 7, 2011, NIST Director Dr. Patrick Gallagher testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee  on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies    An Overview of the FY 2012 Budget for NIST 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GTW recently updated the  GTW database of FTC advisory opinions related to standards and conformity assessment to include Proposal of Rx-360 -- A Not-For-Profit International Consortium Created By Members of the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries -- To Implement Two Audit Programs Which Would Respectively (1) Permit Rx-360 Members To Share Certain Existing Supplier Quality and Safety Audits, and (2) Permit Rx-360 Members, Going Forward, To Conduct Joint Quality Audits of Pharmaceutical Suppliers and An open and voluntary initiative by the coffee growers, roasters, trade and industry, trade unions, NGOs, and other stakeholders   ... and the Common Code for the Coffee Community  to establish a sustainability system with a global code of conduct ..
GTW Associates president  Willingmyre  participated in Talkstandards February 23 event EU Standardization – From Formalism to Pragmatism?  The discussion  addressed two important Communications from the European Commission related to e-Government and standardization:   1- Towards Interoperability for European Public Services, 2- Guidelines for the assessment of horizontal cooperation agreements. 
The work above flows naturally from direction to NIST from the COMPETES Act, which supports an array of strategies for maintaining America’s leadership in science and technology. Among the Act’s important provisions is one encouraging the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to expand upon its work with the private sector to develop new standards for a range of vital industries such as emergency communications and tracking, green manufacturing, high performance green building construction, and cloud computing
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two new draft documents on cloud computing for public comment, including the first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing. The agency also has set up a new NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration site on the Web to enable two-way communication among the cloud community and NIST cloud research working groups
ANSI recently issued    Why Voluntary Consensus Standards Incorporated by Reference into Federal Government Regulations Are Copyright Protected,  According to ANSI the document is intended to educate U.S. standards developers, government officials, and other stakeholders about the importance of copyright in standards. It affirms that every standard is a work of authorship and is copyright protected under U.S. and international law, giving the owner certain rights of control and remuneration.  See   also   GTW URLs  In the Supreme Court of the United States Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc, Petitione v. Peter Veeck, D/B/A Regional Web      and   and     Regulatory Adoption by Reference of standards  
ANSI   released the third edition of the United States   Standards Strategy  February 3  indicating its  Support for  U.S. Competitiveness and International Trade      "The Strategy articulates the principles and tactics that guide how the United States develops standards and participates in the international standards-setting process"

Department of Homeland Security Announces Final Standards for Private Sector Emergency Preparedness

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 8:00:00 PM Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Department of Homeland Security announced the adoption of final standards of the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep)

OECD to revise 2000 Guidelines for Multinational  Enterprises ...  Roles of National Contact Points under Review    The 2010 Revision  will include recommendations by governments covering all major areas of business ethics, including corporate steps to obey the law, observe internationally-recognised standards and respond to other societal expectationsGTW advises  parties interested  in the substance of the proposed revisions  to consult with their relevant trade associations or  processes for representing national interests in the work of the OECD Consumer Policy and Investment Committees.  

What is an International Standardizing Body?      Fundamentally, whether a standard is relevant, effective and appropriate in fulfilling a Member’s particular regulatory or market need is not determined by which body developed it. Further, greater harmonization results from increased worldwide use of a standard, and that use is directly attributable to relevance, effectiveness and appropriateness of the standard itself in meeting a specific need. Contribution by US to June 2010  NAMA meetings on NTBs  Following meetings during the week of November 4 through 6 2009   on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA)  in the Doha Trade round.  Non Tariff Barriers to Trade are a significant topic within the negotiations.

GTW Associates Willingmyre presented   "Global Standards for Global Trade: Fact versus Fiction"  to  the  International Trade Commission October 6.      [abstract]

The  presentation makes a case that  1) standards are increasing as trade issues and are  "a wolf in sheep's clothing"; 2) Countries around  the world including US are using standards as strategic tools of competition; 3) compulsory licensing through standards policies is a real threat and IN CONCLUSION: A) there is No Single "Best Organization" or "Optimum Global Approach" for Standardization for all Industry Sectors  B) A  successful International Standards Organization's IPR Policy meet the needs of its members and industry by containing key elements: INCLUSION OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS , FLEXIBILITY  & BALANCE C) Governments should not mandate compulsory licensing in legislation or policies except in limited cases as prescribed in TRIPs Article 31 D) Standards, the wolf in sheep's clothing, needs to be carefully monitored as an emerging technical barrier to trade.

IPR in Standards: GTW Associates President Willingmyre participated in the General Assembly of IFAN and the October 5 meeting of IFAN WG17 on IP  and Standards preparing a survey of IFAN members experience in this regard.  

Two US studies of IP policies in standards are about to begin.  One commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will focus on ex ante IP policies and experience.  The US PTO requested proposals Spring 2010  for  a Comparative Study on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Organizations.  This Project has not yet begun as of October , 2010

"Tensions between Intellectual Property Rights and standardisation : reasons and remedies"  a conference will be convened  in Brussels on November 22 

A Variety of Social Responsibility Standards compete  in the Global Marketplace

On November 1 The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced that ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, is  available on the ANSI webstore. This  standard integrates international expertise on social responsibility (SR), detailing what it means, what issues organizations need to address to operate in a socially responsible manner, and what the best practices are for implementing SR effectively and efficiently.   A helpful private sector site with background on the work is  maintained by retired Siemens Corporation standards Executive Guido Guertler

UL Environment, in partnership with Greener World Media, offered for public review for 45 days (closed September 15)  a sustainability standard that will be used to assess corporate policies and practices, known as the ULE 880 - Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations

Social Accountability International (SAI)  is a non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. It partners to advance the human rights of workers and to eliminate sweatshops by promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue.  SAI maintains the standards Social Accountability 8000 (SA 8000)  

AccountAbility's AA1000 series are another choice of accountability standards based standards  offered by "AccountAbility" to help organisations become more accountable, responsible and sustainable. They address issues affecting governance, business models and organizational strategy, as well as providing operational guidance on sustainability assurance and stakeholder engagement. 

The United States Trade Representative's office released this year two important compilations of non tariff barriers to trade facing US Exporters

USTR March 31 report 2010 REPORT ON TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE 

2010 REPORT ON SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES March 2010 

The  WTO Secretariat completed  a TRADE POLICY REVIEW Report UNITED STATES   WT/TPR/S/235  25 August 2010 including  a comprehensive description of development of technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures in the US.

 

Smart Grid Standards The National Institute of Standards and  Technology  NIST advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has identified five "foundational" sets of standards for Smart Grid interoperability and cyber security that are ready for consideration by federal and state energy regulators. In an October 6, 2010 letter to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, NIST's national coordinator for Smart Grid interoperability, George Arnold, said the standards "are essential to uniform and interoperable communication systems throughout the grid and will accommodate the evolution of the grid and the integration of new technologies."

In an October 7  FR notice   FERC seeks additional  public comments on the standards recommend by NIST  and in  an October 29  FR notice  announces a public  meeting

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel  met  in a virtual meeting October 29    Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee SGTCC  presentation described   a document  Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM)  to be made available  for review shortly.  This manual will describe a "Framework" including the concept of an "Interoperability" Brand and support for  Interoperability Testing and Certification Authorities (ITCAs)  The ITCAs would be measured by criteria defined in the  (IPRM) by accreditors that might be NIST or ANSI.  The ITCAs would certify products submitted by suppliers to be  "Interoperable"

The National Science and Technology Council Technology Committee  established a Subcommittee on Standards (SoS) whose charter was recently approved. The SoS committee is  charged with providing high-level leadership to federal agencies to ensure they are strategically focused and actively engaged on critical standards-related issues.  Gallagher provided insight to the preliminary steps of the SoS committee in a presentation.

WIPO SCP and Global Government Procurement Policy involving standards policy to be addressed at the ANSI Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee meeting November 17, 2010.  Mr. Willingmyre  will update the ANSI IPR PC  on IPR-related standards  activities of the Internet Governance Forum (“IGF”) Forum and the World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO") Standing Committee on the Law Patents meeting held October 11-15, 2010 .  Mr. Willingmyre will also report on global discussions on  and "government procurement policy involving IP in standards".

GTW on Open Source Software and RAND   Betwixt and Between: Open source software and RAND standards development patent policies  GTW Associates at TalkStandards on Line Forum August 26, 2010

GTW Associates commented  in 2009 and 2010 upon  China proposed  IP policies in standards setting , authored papers and made presentations on strategic  Developments in China IP & Standards

 

 

The Federal Federal Emergency Management Agency announces October 16, 2009  its intent to select three  standards for adoption in the Voluntary Private Sector Accreditation and Certification Preparedness Program (``PS-Prep'')  According to a December 24, 2008 Federal register notice ANSI-ASQ ANAB    will be the ``selected entity''  ... to  develop and oversee the certification process, manage accreditation, and accredit qualified third parties to carry out certifications  

George T. Willingmyre P.E.  presented  Update on the Dynamic Coalition on Open standards within the Internet Governance Forum and activities within the Yale Information Society Project at the October 5, 2009 meeting of the ANSI Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee. 

GTW  President Willingmyre presented "Considerations for  global business  concerning treatment of Intellectual Property related to standard-setting"   at a September 8 internal webinar for  the patent attorneys of  a Fortune 50 Global US Corporation "Advising  Clients on Standards-Setting Organization Participation"

GTW Associates President George Willingmyre is working with Ms Masako Wakui,
Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Law  Osaka City University
    to plan and
facilitate meetings in  Washington, DC November 12 - 22. The intention is to share i national academy study

The 2009 edition of the WTO’s International Trade Statistics, a comprehensive overview of world trade up to 2008, was published in electronic format on 28 October 2009 This publication and its data is available: Charts and tables in Excel formatchapter highlights in pdf format  ;  statistics in a searchable database

DHS Solicitation to ANAB  -- Private Sector Preparedness Voluntary Accreditation and Certification Program

FCC NOTICE OF APPARENT  $1,000,000 LIABILITY FOR FORFEITURE AND ORDER February 16, 2006  Due to  egregious nature of Behringer’s continued noncompliance with FCC equipment authorization requirements

GTW Associates January 2006 Comments on OMB proposal for polices and procedures for agencies to develop, issue and use guidance documents

Insight Volume 7 Num 1 February  2004  

H. R. 1086 ‘‘Standards Development Organization Advancement Act of 2003 ’’ Introduced March 5, 2003 To encourage the development and promulgation of voluntary consensus standards by providing relief under the antitrust laws to standards development organizations with respect to conduct engaged in for the purpose of developing voluntary consensus standards, and for other purposes.

February 27, 2003 US Congressional Record  IN HONOR OF AN OUTSTANDING AMERICAN AND HIS WORK AS PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ORGANIZATION: OLIVER R. SMOOT

February 13  REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL EVALUATION OF THE APPLICATION OF DIRECTIVE 98/34/EC IN THE FIELD OF INFORMATION SOCIETY SERVICES   Over  20 years, Directive 98/34/EC has enabled over 7 000 draft national regulatory texts to be analysed. Member States  notify at the draft stage, any national provisions containing technical regulations. The scope of the Directive has been gradually broadened to cover all industrial, agricultural and fishery products. Directive 98/48/EC extended the system to include Information Society services.

Council Decision of 21 January 2003 suspending the Community obligations under the Sectoral Annex for Electrical Safety of the Agreement on Mutual Recognition between the European Community and the United States of America

A trial court had concluded in litigation Rambus v. Infineon that Rambus, at the time a member of the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), had committed fraud by failing to disclose patent rights which it later asserted against adopters of a JEDEC memory standard.  On January 29, 2003 A  three-judge panel of United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the jury’s verdict against Rambus and the trial judge’s decision upholding the verdict.  In a 2-1 decision, the majority of the panel rejected JEDEC’s patent disclosure rule as too “amorphous” and “unbounded.” On  February 26, 2003  Infineon filed a  petition for rehearing en banc, which is essentially a review of the circuit court's majority’s decision by all the judges of the court.  A coalition of standards  organizations   filed  an  “amicus brief” March 5 supporting rehearing en banc

Finding that European Communities non use of an International standard was inconsistent with TBT Agreement December 24 European Communities and Peru  informed the WTO Dispute Settlement Body  that the deadline  for the European Communities to implement the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in the dispute EC – Trade Description of Sardines (DS231), adopted on 23 October 2002 will expire on 23 April 2003   In light of our findings that Codex Stan 94 is a relevant international standard, that it was not used as a basis for the EC Regulation and that it is not ineffective or inappropriate to fulfil the legitimate objectives pursued by the EC Regulation, we find that the EC Regulation is inconsistent with Article 2.4 of the TBT Agreement.

GTW Associates President  George Willingmyre assisted the ANSI Regional Steering committee for Europe and the Middle East prepare  for the  discussion of   Global relevance of ISO, IEC and ITU  2001 as part of ANSI meetings with representatives of The European Commission and European standards officials November 6

ISO TC 176 to begin work on international standards for Market Based Codes of Practice and Alternative Dispute Settlement  Global Standards Challenges for the Services Business Sector  

Government Precedents,  Actions,   and public and private sector litigation  involving standards setting and IPR and Antitrust

GTW Associates commented to USTR  that Standards for trade in services have increasing implications for any business aspiring to compete in a global market for services  in reply to the USTR request for information  Concerning Market Access in the Doha Development Agenda Negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) 

GTW Associates President George Willingmyre  presented  "Service Standards in the United States"  at the September 30/ October 1 2002 Conference "Services Standards for Global Markets" in Berlin 

On June 14, 2002  GTW Associates commented to FTC with respect to the FTC study  of  Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy   and public hearing April 18  Standard-Setting Practices: Competition, Innovation and Consumer Welfare.  

GTW Associates President Willingmyre  presented  Overcoming Trade Barriers: The OECD Project  at the  May 1-3, 2002  Conference  "Protecting the Public Network in a Privatized Part 68 Environment: What the Telecom Industry Needs to Know"  sponsored by the Advisory Council on Terminal Attachments.  The presentation  covered  work of the OECD Trade Committee; UN/ECE WP6 and the Industry Cooperation on Standards and Conformity Assessment 

FTC and DOJ  convened a hearing April 18, 2002 in Washington Standard-Setting Practices: Competition, Innovation and Consumer Welfare to discuss the antitrust treatment of common practices used by organizations to set standards that incorporate intellectual property and the  effects on innovation and product market competition.  The April hearing was one in a series Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy.    Public comments available 

May 23 introduction  of HR4849 Standards Development Organization Advancement Act of 2002 to revise the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993  to include standards developing organizations

On July 11 Forgent Networks claims  essential IPR in JPEG standard  Offers license terms.    July 19  JPEG committee thinks there is prior art...sets up web site to collect data     July 22 ZDNET story     Website created following the development

USTR issued  2002 National Trade Estimates Report on Foreign Trade Barriers in European Union April 6, 2002

US Department of State Report on Economic Policy and Trade Practices of the European Union  February 2002 Including Trade Barriers

An ad hoc group  UN/ECE Working Party on Technical Harmonization and Standardization Policies (Working Party 6) met in June to explore application of a global model for harmonization of technical regulation in the telecommunications sector 

On July 12 the US Senate began consideration of the Legislation passed by the House HR 2733  Enterprise Integration Act of 2002.  To authorize the National Institute of Standards and Technology to work with major manufacturing industries on an initiative of standards development and implementation for electronic enterprise integration.

The Ninth Meeting of the Industry Cooperation on Standards and Conformity Assessment has been announced for November 20-22 in Austin Texas 

On July 11 ANSI requested comments on an ISO proposal to begin work on international standards for Alternative Dispute Settlement and Codes of Practice.  Comments due to ANSI by August 9.  Comments due to ISO by September 20

August 13, 2002  Federal Register CPSC notified its provisional  agreement with Briggs & Stratton (B&S)   for B&S  to pay  $400K civil penalty.  CPSC charged B&S obtained information which reasonably supported the conclusion that certain B&S  engines contained a defect which could create a substantial product hazard and created an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, but failed to report such information to the Commission 

FTC letter to Attorneys for Sun Microsystems, " It is no longer in the public interest to continue this investigation, not withstanding the fact that the Commission has serious questions about the propriety of the underling conduct involved 

August 16, 2003 letter from the US Department of Labor Occupational SALARY and Health Administration.  I imagine the Linthicum, Maryland DOL OSHA area office will be hearing any day now from Washington that they are supposed to be interested in safety, not salary.  What a relief to know I am not the only one who makes typos. 

Officials from the Administrative Council; Consumer Product Safety Commission; and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discuss  use of Suppliers Declaration principles in fulfilling US Regulatory responsibilities during December 3 Panel at NIST hosted Conference  "Conformity Assessment for a Changing Environment"

The FTC is investigating  matters  similar to  the landmark FTC consent agreement with Dell Computer  where FTC charged  that Dell restricted competition in the personal computer industry and undermined the standard-setting process by threatening to exercise undisclosed patent rights against computer companies. Quote We want to make sure...to reinforce the incentives of participants to properly adhere to the responsibilities  of their memberships"

A June 25, 2001  article in the French Paper "Les Echos" reports the first  instance of   government taking action with respect to  private sector compliance with the newly revised  OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.  Criticized  for its policy in Burma, the French petroleum company TotalFina was to have to prove in front of government representatives that  TotalFina respects the OECD guiding principles intended to promote  ethical behavior 

May 14, 2001  Council decision to ratify Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Community on the coordination of energy-efficient labeling programs for office equipment ... an example of responsive action to reduce non tariff barriers to trade 

House Science Committee Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards - Hearing Thursday June 28, 2001 Standards-Setting and United States Competitiveness 

European standardisation: harnessing the power of the market to deliver on public policy aims  The EU's market-led standardisation model is delivering the regulatory flexibility we need to keep pace with technological change, encourage innovative entrepreneurs, sustain the internal market's vitality, and duly protect the environment and consumer interests, says a new report on European standardisation, presented to EU internal market ministers by Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on 27 September, 2001

GTW Associates President Willingmyre presented  "Value of Management System Certification"   at the 10th International Conference of Standards Users (IFAN) event  "World Trade and Standardization"  in Berlin September 27/28

 


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