The Pan American Standards Commission,
better known by its Spanish
acronym COPANT, is a private, non-profit association
that promotes standardization and related activities for its members bodies
of the Americas region
The object of COPANT shall be to promote the development of technical
standardization and related activities in its member countries with the
aim of promoting their commercial, industrial, scientific and technological
development in benefit of the economic and commercial integration and
the exchange of goods and services, while facilitating cooperation in
the intellectual, scientific, economic and social spheres
The COPANT Council gathered in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in April
1999, approved the Standardization Policy, studied by the TMC - Technical
Management Commission, with the changes proposed by the Council.
a) COPANT shall encourage and facilitate
the direct adoption of COPANT and International standards as national
standards by its members;
b) COPANT may develop regional standards in relevant subjects for the
specific interests of its members, in as much as the need for them has
been clearly demonstrated. COPANT shall avoid, as far as possible, the
duplication of work in the development of standards.
c) COPANT shall encourage the participation of its members in an articulated
and coordinated manner in the international standardization works, including
training of the staff of its member bodies.
d) When there is the required interest by its members and as a means
to avoid the multiplication of efforts, COPANT may adopt international
standards as regional standards.
e) COPANT shall gradually and increasingly make available, electronically,
the information related to international standardization, allowing access
to its members mainly in the subjects of interest to the region.
f) COPANT shall promote the communication among its members to avoid
the duplication of translation work in the countries of the region.
g) COPANT shall seek mechanisms for the coordination and integration
with the activities carried out by Sub-regional Organizations (NAFTA,
MERCOSUL, ANDEAN COMMUNITY, CARICOM, etc.) so as to unify policies in
the field of standardization.