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66th SES Annual Conference proceedings
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66th Annual Conference Proceedings
Chicago, IL

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Tuesday, August 8

10:15 AM  SESSION 1 – From Discord to Accord: Getting to Harmonization

In the language of standards and conformity assessment, harmonization is the process to get to one common standard or one test from divergent standards or tests. In many cases the business benefits of harmonization are desirable.  What is the process to sort through the myriad of differences to identify the commonalities and what impact does this process have on standards development and relationship building among the materially affected parties? In this session we will hear about how harmonization is addressed in different standards systems, current major harmonization initiatives in various sectors and the lessons and best practices that can be drawn from them.

Moderator: Guilaine Fournet, IEC

Stephen Head, Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
The Role of Standardization in the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

Yonas Nebiyeloul-Kifle, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Standards Harmonization, Challenges & Approaches in Homeland Security

Ralph Suppa, Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating
Building Efficiency Together

 1:15 PM SESSION 2 – Conformity Assessment: Perspectives on Reducing the Regulatory Burden

Conformity assessment’s systems address key regulated characteristics and attributes.  Demonstrating conformity with regulatory requirements can be resource intensive for the industry. This session will explore the evolving role of conformity assessment (testing and certification) and take a look at the impact in the medical electrical equipment sector. Our panel of speakers will describe various conformity assessment solutions and approaches that made market entry more efficient within this industry.

Moderator: Megan Hayes, Medical Imaging & Technology Association


Regulatory Harmonization and Conformity Assessment –A least burdensome approach for improving regulatory pathways
3:15 PM  SESSION 3 – Case Study: Standards Success through Alliances

The InterAgency Board (IAB) is a group of emergency preparedness and response practitioners, Federal employees, and subject matter experts tasked with facilitating the development of standards for the responder and public safety community. This session will focus on the IAB’s approach to these issues and address:

• Understanding and remaining focused on the needs and requirements of the end user.• Having marketplace competitors cooperate for the greater good.
• Development and validation of test methods with no funding.

This will be an interactive discussion with stakeholders sharing their perspectives on how their collaborations led to success through a process that can be duplicated by others.

Moderator: Jen Marshall, NIST

 Case Study: Standards Success through Alliances

Phil Mattson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Rob Kinsler, HP White Laboratory
Amanda Battisti, Warwick Mills

Wednesday, August 9

8:15 AM                Mini Keynote – Update from IFAN and ICES

Dave Felinski, IFAN

Jeff Strauss, ICES

8:45 AM  SESSION 4 – Balancing of Innovation and Standardization

This panel will explore how standards are used within new and emerging industries to support growth and continued innovation.  Specifically, the session will address the first mover advantage where standards developed around emerging technologies provide companies involved in standards setting process with a leg up on their competition in defining marketplace rules for new industries, creating conditions that allow these businesses to scale-up, avoiding unnecessary regulation, and generating jobs and economic growth.

Moderator: Veronica Lancaster, CTA

10:45 AM  SESSION 5Reassessing and Balancing the Impact of Standards Versus Regulations

With the anticipated reduction in technical regulations by the new U.S. administration, the offsetting economic impact of voluntary standards versus regulations is important to review. This international panel representing government, industry and academia will review relevant previous and ongoing global studies on the impact of standards to feed a discussion of strategy and policy.

Moderator: Roland Goodman, American Petroleum Institute

1:30 PM  SESSION 6Contextualizing Standards to Increase Understanding

The value of standards and participation in their development can be subtle and overlooked by non-standards professionals and particularly students (and faculty). Presenting this in full relevant strategic operational and decision application contexts, particularly when the contexts are recognized as critical, can help. This panel looks at some examples and includes participation by SDO, industry and academic speakers.

Moderator: S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI

Erik Puskar, NIST
3:30 PM  SESSION 7Sustaining Engagement: Keeping the Flow Going

The standards profession is a unique role. At times, a silent partner; other times the driver and also the peacekeeper. A key role for standards professionals is ensuring a successful outcome for the standards they oversee. In many countries standards utilization are the ways of determining compliance. Some standards have taken the world by storm and driven not just conformity assessment but consistency. Others have their standards referenced repeatedly in other related standards throughout the world. Codes, laws, regulations etc. call out numerous standards. It is therefore essential to engage those who reference standards in the development and utilization of the standards. What are the constraints, experiences and best practices that can maximize engagement?

Moderator: Rae Dulmage, Consultant-standards, regulations, and codes

Sustaining Engagement –Keeping the Flow Going

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