ANSI Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO
ANSI promotes the use of U.S. standards internationally, advocates U.S. policy
and technical positions in international and regional standards organizations,
and encourages the adoption of international standards as national standards
where they meet the needs of the user community.
ANSI is the sole U.S. representative and dues-paying member of the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO). Through the Institute, the U.S.
participates in almost the entire technical program of ISO and administers many
key committees and subgroups.
Part of ANSI’s responsibilities as the U.S. member body to the ISO includes
accrediting U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (U.S. TAGs). The primary purpose of
these groups is to develop and transmit, via ANSI, U.S. positions on activities
and ballots of the Technical Committees (and as appropriate, Subcommittees and
policy committees). These technical issues include the approval, reaffirmation,
revision and withdrawal of ISO standards.
Applying for Accreditation
All U.S. TAGs to ISO must adhere to the procedural requirements contained in the
ANSI Procedures for U.S. Participation in the International Standards
Activities of ISO (ANSI International Procedures).
A group or organization wishing to serve as the U.S. TAG Administrator for a
particular ISO TC or SC must also apply for ANSI Organizational Membership and
agree to pay the associated fees for participating in the activity, as
contained in the International Activity Assessment schedule on ANSI’s
Organization Membership Application.
Please submit the application package, or any questions relating to
accreditation, to ANSI’s Procedures & Standards Administration Department (firstname.lastname@example.org
), Attention: Jim Thompson (e: email@example.com
; 212.642.4913) or Anne Caldas (e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Periodically, the PSA staff will issue to all ANSI-accredited TAGs a compilation
of changes to the international procedures that have been approved by the
Institute’s Board of Directors. This will usually take the form of a revised
set of procedures.
Accompanying these revisions will be a compliance form that must be signed and
returned to the PSA Department after a review of the revisions and comparison
with the TAG’s accredited procedures. The compliance form will specify a date
by which all ANSI-accredited TAGs must be in full compliance with the approved
In order for the developers of American National Standards to be aware of any
changes that may be in progress, it is recommended that these developers
regularly visit the
ANSI Online Public Document Library, which contains information
concerning procedural changes under consideration by the Executive Standards
Council (ExSC), those undergoing public review (which are also published in Standards
Action), and those recently approved by the Board of Directors.
Reading the documents under public review also affords ANSI-accredited SDOs the
best opportunity to make their opinions about proposed changes known to the