ANSI - American National Standards Institute

Participate in Standards Development

Consumer Affairs

How to Participate

To ensure voluntary standards reflect the consumer perspective, consumers and consumer representatives can participate in the following ways:

  • For national standards development, participate in the activities of an ANSI-accredited standards developer
  • Submit public review comments during an open ANSI public review period
  • Submit a proposal to an ANSI-accredited standards developer to develop an American National Standard (ANS) or revise an existing ANS
  • Submit comments regarding revisions to ANSI’s procedural documents
  • For international standards development, participate in the activities of an ANSI-accredited Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

ANSI provides various resources to inform consumers and consumer representatives how these processes work and how they can actively participate. Participating in these activities allows consumers and consumer representatives to make a difference, develop topic expertise on the standard, and to become an expert on the standards development process.

If you have questions, feedback, or need assistance identifying standards currently in development or are looking for consumer representation on your standards activity – please contact the ANSI Consumer Outreach Manager, Priscilla Magee, at pmagee@ansi.org or 202 756 9204.

American National Standards Development

Consumers and consumer representatives can participate in domestic standardization initiatives through ANSI-accredited standards developers. These groups work to develop voluntary consensus standards in accordance with the standards developer's ANSI-accredited procedures and the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards. Consumers or consumer representatives interested in participating in American National Standards activities can reach out to the relevant ANSI-Accredited standards developers working in their area of interest.

 Current list of ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers


International Standards Development

In the international arena, consumers and consumer representatives can join ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ensure their voices are heard. Via ANSI, U.S. TAGs develop and transmit U.S. positions on activities and documents developed by the technical committees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). These activities include the approval, reaffirmation, revision, and withdrawal of ISO and IEC standards.

Consumers and consumer representatives interested in joining a U.S. TAG to ISO activities should contact ANSI staff at isot@ansi.org. Those interested in joining a U.S. TAG to IEC activities should contact ANSI staff at usnc@ansi.org.

Standards Action

Published weekly and free of charge, Standards Action provides ANSI members and the public with notices on standards development activities including:

  • Comment deadlines for draft proposed ANS
  • Calls for voting members for ANS consensus bodies
  • Final action approval notices for ANS
  • Project initiation notifications (PINS) for proposed new or revised ANS
  • Notices on proposed, revised, or newly published ISO and IEC standards
  • Proposed procedural revisions to the ANSI Essential Requirements and the ANSI International Procedures
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