NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Save the Date: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced dates for World Standards Week (WSW) 2017, which will be held October 16-20 in Washington, DC. WSW is an ANSI-hosted annual event designed to inspire open dialogue about developments and challenges related to standardization and conformity assessment, highlighted in multiple keynote speaker sessions and conferences. The series of events unites hundreds departmental and agency officials, industry leaders, consumer advocates, academics, and standardization executives from across the globe. Each year, and through WSW, ANSI commits to promoting open exchange among various types of standard-setting and conformity assessment/compliance organizations who are working in close partnership with government and industry in nearly every sector and product line. ANSI's Leadership and Awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The ceremony recognizes the dedication, and vision of individuals who contribute to and participate in the U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment activities [ see 2016 winners here]. The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD), an event intended to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide, will be held on Thursday, October 19. WSD is a joint effort between the private and public sector. ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are co-chairs of the U.S. Celebration of WSD Committee; the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will serve as Administrating Organization for the 2017 event. [see 2016 WSD information here]. The full schedule of events is forthcoming and will be posted on www.ansi.org/wsweek, once it is available. Sponsorship opportunities will also available at a variety of levels for companies and organizations wishing to show their valuable support for the voluntary standardization community.