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U.S. TAG to ISO & TAG Administrator
Maintenance Requirements

ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO and TAG Administrators must comply with a set of ongoing maintenance requirements and responsibilities to keep their accreditation status active, as follows:

Maintain compliance with the current edition of the ANSI International Procedures (2019) and return the TAG Annual Compliance Form

Periodically, ANSI publishes updates to its International Procedures and will provide all ANSI-accredited TAGs with a compilation of the revision(s). Each year, whether revisions are made to the procedures or not, ANSI issues a compliance form that must be signed and returned to ANSI by the responsible TAG Administrator, after a review of any changes and comparison with the TAG’s current accredited procedures.

If an accredited U.S. TAG revises its procedures – whether to align with revisions to the International Procedures or for any other reason – the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) must be notified and the revised procedures must be provided.

Here’s what you do:

  • Review the Annual Compliance Form and any revisions - provided by ANSI - and assess whether any changes are needed to your operating procedures in order to comply with the current edition of the ANSI International Procedures.
  • Send your compliance form by the established due date to psa@ansi.org.
  • The form will specify a date by which all ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs must be in full compliance with any revisions included in a new edition of the ANSI International Procedures.
  • If your procedures are changed for any reason, send revised procedures to psa@ansi.org, in strikethrough underline format with an explanation of changes

Here’s what you need to know:

Any proposed revisions must be compliant with the current edition of the ANSI International Procedures.

Review of Revisions to U.S. TAG Procedures

See section 2.5.5.3

Return ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG to ISO Annual Report with membership roster

Each ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to ISO and ISO/IEC must prepare an annual report describing, in summary narrative form, the U.S. TAG activity during the past year. The TAG Annual Report form reminder is issued every December along with the TAG Annual Compliance Form.

Here’s what you do:

  • Submit your ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG to ISO and ISO/IEC annual report each year to psa@ansi.org no later than January 31 of the following year.
  • The report should include:
  1. Information on TAG meetings (including attendees), actions taken, and the work program
  2. Current TAG membership list, which should include:
    • Title and designation of the U.S. TAG
    • Scope of the U.S. TAG
    • U.S. TAG Administrator (name of organization, name of secretary, address(es), telephone number)
    • U.S. TAG officers (chairman and other officers)
    • Members, including the following information:
      • Names of the individuals and alternates (as applicable) and their addresses and business affiliations including names of the organizations they are representing on the U.S. TAG
      • The interest categories of the U.S. TAG defined and the category of each member identified
  3. A list of any problems encountered during the past year in the functioning of the U.S. TAG or U.S. TAG Administrator that required assistance by ANSI
  4. An express certification by the U.S. TAG Administrator that the U.S. TAG has been and continues to be operated in a manner that complies with all applicable ANSI and ISO procedures
  5. The results of any self-audit held during the past year

Here’s what you need to know:

Annual Reporting

As stated in section 2.5.5.2 of the International Procedures, “Each U.S. TAG Administrator shall submit to ANSI a completed TAG Annual Compliance Form. In addition, an annual report shall be prepared by each U.S. TAG Administrator, describing in summary narrative form the U.S. TAG activity during the past year. The report shall be submitted to the ExSC or its designee no later than January 31 of the following year. In satisfying this requirement, meeting minutes and other appropriate reports and documents may be incorporated or appended, or referred to if previously distributed by ANSI. The annual report shall include:

  1. Information on TAG meetings (including attendees), actions taken, and the work program
  2. Current TAG membership list which shall include:
    • Title and designation of the U.S. TAG
    • Scope of the U.S. TAG
    • U.S. TAG Administrator (name of organization, name of secretary, address(es), telephone number)
    • U.S. TAG officers (chairman and other officers)
    • Members:
      • Names of the individuals and alternates (as applicable) and their addresses and business affiliations including names of the organizations they are representing on the U.S. TAG
      • The interest categories of the U.S. TAG shall be defined and the category of each member identified
  3. A list of any problems encountered during the past year in the functioning of the U.S. TAG or U.S.TAG Administrator that required assistance by ANSI
  4. An express certification by the U.S. TAG Administrator that the U.S. TAG has been and continues to be operated in a manner that complies with all applicable ANSI and ISO procedures
  5. The results of any self-audit held during the past year

If the U.S. TAG or TAG administrator has a concern with either the conduct or results of a self-audit completed to assure adherence to its own procedures and applicable ANSI and ISO criteria and procedures, it may be brought to the attention of the ExSC.

Complete mandatory no-cost training

ANSI provides free mandatory training to support compliance with ANSI's procedures that govern the administration of the U.S. TAG and with ISO's procedures to ensure appropriate representation of U.S. interests at ISO.

Here’s what you do:

Complete the following self-led online course upon U.S. TAG assignment (course may be taken again for a refresher):

Here’s what you need to know:

See ISOT Resources for additional guidance documents.

Comply with the requirements associated with ANSI oversight and supervision

In addition to the requirements referenced above, each U.S. TAG Administrator must be aware of the following applicable ANSI International Procedures (IP) and other policies:

ANSI's Procedures for handling Complaints Against ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs

See section 2.5.5.3

ExSC Consideration of Complaints against ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO

See Section 21 of Operating Procedures of the ANSI Executive Standards Council

ANSI Auditing Policy and Procedures for ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO

See section 2.5.5.4
  • Routine audits of U.S. TAGs are not scheduled, but the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) can require an “audit for cause”
  • Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with ANSI (issued by ANSI) that covers the delegation of the responsibility for the administration of the U.S. TAG to ISO or ISO/IEC JTC 1

Fulfill all financial obligations

Here’s what you do:

Transfer, Termination, or Withdrawal

Transfer

If a U.S. TAG Administrator is unable to continue serving, transfer to another organization may occur as detailed in section 2.5.5.5 of ANSI’s International Procedures.

Transfer of U.S. TAG Administrator

See section 2.5.5.5

Termination

A proposal to terminate a U.S. TAG may be made by directly and materially affected interests as detailed in section 2.5.5.6 of ANSI’s International Procedures.

Termination of U.S. TAG

See section 2.5.5.6

Withdrawal

If the conditions upon which accreditation was granted are not maintained, withdrawal of the U.S. TAG Administrator’s accreditation may occur as detailed in section 2.5.6 of ANSI’s International Procedures.

Withdrawal of Accreditation

See section 2.5.6
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Have questions or need some help?

ANSI’s Procedures and Standards Administration (PSA) staff can answer your questions or provide additional guidance about the accreditation process.

ANSI's ISO Team (ISOT) can provide assistance to ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG Administrators to ISO activities concerning their roles.

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