ANSI - American National Standards Institute

ANSI Appeals Board – Appeals Process

All appeals shall be made in writing and shall be directed to the attention of the Secretary of the Appeals Board. Except in a matter involving extraordinary circumstances, the Appeals Board shall only consider an appeal from a final decision of the ANSI body from which the appeal is taken. A refusal by an ANSI body to decide a matter within its jurisdiction, or undue delay by such body in reaching a decision, shall constitute "extraordinary circumstances."

An appeal shall be initiated by written notice of appeal to the secretary of the Appeals Board, along with a check in the amount of $1200 as a filing fee. This fee may be waived or reduced upon presentation of evidence by the appellant showing hardship.

The appeal notice and statement shall be distributed by the secretary of the Appeals Board to the Appeals Board members. The Appeals Board shall determine by letter ballot whether the appellant has established a prima facie case that the decision appealed from was clearly erroneous. If the Appeals Board determines that a prima facie case has not been established, it will so notify the appellant, in writing and the appeal will be dismissed. If the Appeals Board determines that a prima facie case has been established, the secretary of the Appeals Board will so notify the ANSI body that made the decision and all parties that appeared before the ANSI body in connection with the matter. Thereafter, these parties, and the ANSI body, shall have fifteen (15) working days to submit fifteen (15) copies of a response to the appeal statement. The response shall include:

  • the reasons why respondents believe the decision under appeal was correct and a reference to the provisions in the ANSI procedures upon which they rely; and
  • all evidence in support of respondent's position, except that such evidence must have been before the ANSI body that made the decision from which the appeal is taken.

Upon receipt of the response, the secretary of the Appeals Board will transmit copies to all qualified members of the Appeals Board and the appellant. No reply to the response prior to the forthcoming hearing shall be permitted without a showing of good cause and a need therefor.

Extensions of time to submit an appeal statement or response shall be granted at the discretion of the chairperson of the Appeals Board or, if the chairperson is unavailable, by the secretary of the Appeals Board.

A hearing on an appeal shall be set by the secretary of the Appeals Board after consultation with the chairperson except that a later date may be scheduled if mutually agreeable to the participants in the hearing. All parties shall be given at least fifteen (15) working days notice of the hearing date. No party to an appeal may communicate with any member of the Appeals Board while the matter is pending. Should any party at interest not be present at the hearing, the decision of the Appeals Board shall be based on the written submissions and the presentations made by the parties that are present at the hearing.

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