ANSI - American National Standards Institute
 Print this article  Previous Next 

ANSI Members Approve Revised By-Laws

New Rules to Take Effect January 1, 2003

New York, Jul 09, 2002

ANSI members have voted to approve changes to the Institute's revised By-laws, ushering in a more streamlined governance process to allow opportunities for greater member participation in policy-making and related activities.

Dr. Mark Hurwitz, CAE, the Institute's president and chief executive officer, requested the membership to vote on the revised By-laws in a communication that was disseminated on May 10, 2002. He indicated that the ANSI Board of Directors task force on governance had re-examined the Institute's structure in an effort to better serve the needs of the standards and conformity assessment community. Affirmative votes approving the new governance structure were received on June 14, 2002; full implementation will commence on January 1, 2003.

Key changes include broader membership in the Institute's renamed National Policy Committee, International Policy Committee and Conformity Assessment Policy Committee; previously participation in these committees were open only to Board Members. The amended By-laws also provide a mechanism for a designated representative from any interested ANSI member organization to participate in the policy deliberations and other policy-setting activities of theses groups. In addition, each committee will have a defined voting membership.

In addition, the revised by-laws allow increased flexibility with regard to allocating 33 "at large" seats on the Board of Directors, intended to ensure diverse and representative membership that includes the breadth of expertise needed to set ANSI's strategic direction. Nominations for these "at large" seats will be based on guidelines developed and reviewed annually by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board.

Additional changes include renaming and revising the functions of the Company, Organization and Government Membership Councils. The new responsibilities of these groups, which will now be referred to as Membership Forums, include provisions to identify relevant trends and issues of primary interest to their members as well as broad-based issues to be addressed by a specific governance body. The Membership Forums will also assume an active role in ANSI membership recruitment and retention. [Editor's note: The revised Constitution and By-laws are posted in the side-bar at left; additional details can also be accessed via the ANSI Online News story, "ANSI Proposes Governance Restructuring to Increase Member Participation."]

In his letter to members, Dr. Hurwitz stated, "…The goal was to see if ANSI could streamline its processes to do things more efficiently and more productively" while allowing members "to participate directly in the policy development processes that are so critical to fulfilling [the organization's] mission."

For additional information, please contact James McCabe, the Institute's director of consumer relations and member services, at jmccabe@ansi.org.

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative