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Updated GSO Standards Documents Now Available to ANSI Members

7/16/2020
ANSI Seeks Member Feedback on Activities and Priorities

As part of the ongoing cooperative agreement between the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO), ANSI is pleased to share current information about GSO standards and related activities. The documents include English versions of GSO's current standards list, annual technical standard committee plan, and virtual webinar and training schedule for 2020, which is also available on GSO's website in Arabic. These documents are available for ANSI members to download on ANSI Connect.

Below is more information on the content of the documents:

Standards List 2020

The list includes a detailed catalog of 25,824 unique and international standards GSO has adopted, including information on standards referenced in technical regulations, adoption status, sector, scope, and standards publication numbers.

Annual Technical Standards Committee Plan 2020

The plan includes a detailed list of 825 proposed projects for 2020, including the project title, reference standards, sector, technical committee name, and the corresponding standards body.

Virtual Webinars and Training Schedule 2020

The schedule includes webinar/ trainings on smart meters, ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Concrete Structures, refrigeration and air condition standards, cosmetic safety evaluation, medical devices and accessories standards amongst other topics.

In order to support closer cooperation and collaboration with Gulf partners, ANSI is interested in members' feedback on activities or priorities listed in these documents that align with those of ANSI members. For more information about the aforementioned documents and ANSI’s relationship with the GSO, please contact intl@ansi.org.

About GSO and ANSI

The GSO is the regional standards organization for the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Yemen. GCC members include the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.

In recognition of the desirability for the global use of international standards, GSO and ANSI entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement as an extension of their commitment to facilitating international trade. See the related news item, ANSI Signs Several Memoranda of Understanding on the Sidelines of the 2009 ISO General Assembly.

Most recently, ANSI, with the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) International Trade Administration (ITA), carried out a certified trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the UAE on March 10-13, 2019. The trip, which was led by ANSI’s vice president of international policy, Joseph Tretler, fostered dialogued surrounding the standards development and participation processes for multiple regional metrology and standardization bodies, including the GSO. One outcome of the trade mission was that ANSI and the GSO signed an implementation plan for the MoU. See related the news item, ANSI Vice President Joseph Tretler Leads ITA-Certified Trade Mission to Gulf Focused on Standards and Infrastructure.

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