IEC vice president Frank Kitzantides has been awarded the 2004 Astin-Polk International Standards Medal, given by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The award honours distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through personal participation in the advancement, development or administration of international standardisation, measurements or certification.

Kitzantides has spent his entire professional career with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the US, becoming vice-president of the IEC and chairman of the Standardisation Management Board in January this year.

The award is named for the late Dr Allen V Astin and Dr Louis F Polk Snr, both outstanding American advocates of international standardisation and measurement.

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