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Applying for Accreditation as a Certificate Issuer under ANSI/ANSI/ASTM E2659

The ANSI Accreditation process consists of the following steps:

  • Preliminary Application: In order to request a formal application into the program, interested parties should fill out and submit CAP-FR-303: Preliminary Application for ANSI Accreditation under ANSI/ASTM E2659.
  • Application: Once an organization has been accepted as a preliminary applicant they will be invited to file a full application: CAP-FR-304: Application for ANSI Accreditation under ANSI/ASTM E2659.
  • Document Review: ANSI will conduct a desk review for all applications received. This is the review of the documentation received against ANSI's Accreditation requirements as well as the relevant requirements of the CAP program.
  • On-site Assessment: ANSI will conduct a one to two day assessment at the site of the applicant body's main office(s).
  • Corrective Action: During the course of the ANSI assessment process, the applicant certificate issuer may receive notice of nonconformance with one or more requirements against the ANSI/ANSI/ASTM E2659. It is the responsibility of the Certificate Issuer to correct these nonconformities in order to be considered for accreditation. The ANSI assessment team will work with the applicant body in the posting, review and closure of any non-conformity.
  • Committee Review: Once the applicant has closed nonconformities to the satisfaction of the ANSI assessment team, the details of the assessment will be presented to the CAP Accreditation Committee for deliberation and an ultimate decision on initial accreditation.
  • Accreditation: Accreditation is granted by the CAP Accreditation Committee and the Accredited Certificate Issuer operates their program in accordance with ANSI requirements as well as the relevant CAP program policies and procedures.
  • Surveillance: Surveillance of accredited certificate issuer provides confidence about the full implementation and effectiveness of the Certificate Issuer. Furthermore, regular surveillance intends to assure stakeholders of the quality of the services provided. Surveillance occurs every year annually at the date of initial accreditation.

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For more information, please contact:

Turan Ayvaz
Director, Certificate Accreditation
Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP)
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
1899 L St, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.331.3635