ANSI: Cross-industry standards needed to fight counterfeiting

According to the American National Standards Institute, a cross-sector standardization effort is needed to help combat the growing problem of counterfeit goods.

ANSI recently held a Joint Member Forum that was attended by more than 80 experts from various sectors including government, industry, business, consumer groups and academia.

Attendees agreed that consensus-based, cross-industry standards or best practices are needed to address the current gaps in anti-counterfeiting efforts, according to a statement issued by ANSI. Experts also say that awareness and education of counterfeit goods and detection measures are also important.

"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 for protecting health and safety," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. "ANSI is pleased to have organized this workshop as a neutral venue for all stakeholders to come together to address key issues and priorities, and to explore solutions."

Click here to view workshop presentations at the Joint Member Forum, as well as speaker biographies and a list of attending organizations.