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Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC). The APEC SRB for Standardization. APEC SCSC-SRB Workshop 23 June, 2007 – Cairns, Australia. PASC – Overview. Established 1972, Honolulu, USA Composed of 23 National Standards Bodies of the Asia Pacific region Strong link to APEC

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    1. Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) The APEC SRB for Standardization APEC SCSC-SRB Workshop 23 June, 2007 – Cairns, Australia

    2. PASC – Overview • Established 1972, Honolulu, USA • Composed of 23 National Standards Bodies of the Asia Pacific region • Strong link to APEC • The Asia Pacific regional link to international standards organizations including:ISO and IEC • Focused on strengthening Asia Pacific participation in international standardization to meet regional and global objectives

    3. APEC–SRB Relationship • The five Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs) are recognized by APEC as having specialized expertise in the areas of: • Standardization • Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) • Accreditation • Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) • Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) • Metrology • Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF) • Asia-Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) • The SRBs provide critical specialized support to, and attendmeetings of, the APEC Committee for Trade and Investment (CTI) –Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) • The SCSC is composed of the government trade representatives of the APEC region who meet to ensure that standards and conformance issues do not create technical barriers to trade • The SRBs and the SCSC are working closely with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) to provide critical infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region in the area of standards and conformance to facilitate trade and meet Asia Pacific business needs

    4. PASC (and APEC) Membership PASC PAC APLAC APLMF APMP APEC SCSC-SRB Workshop / 23 June, 2007 – Cairns, Australia

    5. Objectives of PASC • Strengthen international standardization programmes of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and to improve the ability of Pacific Rim standards organizations to participate in these programmes effectively • Improve the quality and capacity of standardization in economies of the region • Support free trade within the region and with economies in other regions • Support improvement of economic efficiency and development of the region through the promotion of standardization • Interact with other bodies that represent elements of the standardization technical infrastructure, industry, consumers and government

    6. Asia Pacific Approach to Standardization • Cooperation Model vs. Union Model (the ‘C’ in APEC) • Bottom-Up vs. Top-Down • Focus is regional support toward a single (and open) global market vs. support of a single regional internal market • Neither PASC nor APEC develop Asia Pacific Regional Standards … and implement them top down • Rather, each APEC member is dedicated to clearly identifying - in full transparency - all of the mandatory, voluntary, and conformity requirements to access their market • This deliberate approach not only facilitates trade within (and to and from) the region through improved market access, but it is a trade and innovative friendly approach that allows each economy to converge toward common standards (1:1:1) at a pace appropriate for their industries, consumers, governments and other stakeholders

    7. For more information:www.pascnet.org Juichi Nagano – Acting PASC Secretarypasc@meti.go.jp Gary Kushnier – PASC Standing Committee Chair gkushnie@ansi.org APEC SCSC-SRB Workshop / 23 June, 2007 – Cairns, Australia