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Event: Cross-Sector Anticounterfeiting Solutions

Sept. 22 conference addresses need for standards and conformance programs to fight counterfeiting across industries

Published: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 13:12

(ANSI: New York) -- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announces that registration is open for its upcoming anticounterfeiting conference, Crossing Borders and Sectors: Exploring Robust Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions.

The Sept. 22 meeting, part of the World Standards Week 2010 series of events, will define and address the need for standards and conformance programs that can help fight counterfeiting across industries, market sectors, and national borders.

“Recent estimates from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development put counterfeiting at up to $200 billion or more per year, jeopardizing consumer health and safety, and undermining economic growth and business innovation,” says S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “A lot is already being done in various areas to fight counterfeiting. But we need to identify the gaps and possible overlaps in how standards and conformity assessment systems are enabling solutions to prevent this fast-growing and far-reaching economic crime. ANSI is pleased to have organized this conference as a neutral venue for all stakeholders to come together to address key issues and priorities, and to explore solutions.”

Gary Locke, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide the keynote address, offering an overview of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, an interagency effort that aims to double exports duringr the next five years in support of 2 million American jobs, and fight counterfeiting in overseas markets.

The conference will take a cross-sector approach in finding strategies to lessen the occurrence and effect of counterfeiting in the United States and abroad. Through interactive discussions with speakers from INTERPOL, Underwriters Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Pharmacopeia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and others, participants will work collaboratively to input to a final, deliverable action guide for anticounterfeiting.

Click here to see the conference agenda.

Crossing Borders and Sectors: Exploring Robust Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions will be held on Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Stakeholders are urged to register as soon as possible to ensure a spot at this exciting event. Registration is $195 for ANSI members and government employees, and $225 for nonmembers. The event is open to members of the media; contact ANSI to register in advance and receive press credentials.

For more information on World Standards Week 2010, visit www.ansi.org/wsweek.

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, serving the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI 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).