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New Procedures to Streamline Development of American National Standards

New York, Jan 06, 2003

The culmination of a multi-year effort to streamline and increase the flexibility of the procedures that govern the American National Standards (ANS) development process was completed on December 9, 2002 when members of the ANSI National Policy Committee (NPC) approved the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards (“ANSI Essential Requirements”).

Developed and submitted to the NPC by the Institute’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC), the ANSI Essential Requirements contains all of the streamlined provisions incorporated during the last several years into the ANS process. This document will replace the ANSI Procedures for the Development and Coordination of American National Standards (“ANSI Procedures”).

“The ExSC’s objective in devising the ANSI Essential Requirements was to strike a balance between total performance-based criteria that provide some degree of flexibility with regard to implementation and either prescriptive requirements or some determinative benchmark, so that compliance with the ANS process requirements can be adjudicated in an equitable manner,” explained Casey Grant, AVP - Codes and Standards Administration, NFPA, and chair of the ANSI ExSC.

The new procedures call out the core elements of the ANS process (i.e., openness, balance, due process and consensus) and specify benchmarks for the development of consensus at the ANS approval, revision, reaffirmation, and withdrawal stages. It also provides for the consolidation and clarification of related administrative requirements.

Because the Essential Requirements is a unified approach to accreditation as a developer of American National Standards, references to the three different “methods” (i.e., organization, committee and canvass) and the current model procedures (Annex A for Committees and Annex B for the Canvass Method) are eliminated. Regardless of the method of standards development currently used by an accredited standards developer, all currently accredited standards developers in good standing will be deemed to be in compliance with the Essential Requirements document.

“The ANSI Essential Requirements document reflects the Institute's goal of improving the clarity, usability and flexibility of the ANS process,” explained Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and chief executive officer. “The document also illustrates the manner in which ANSI serves the voluntary consensus standards system in the U.S. by providing and promoting a fair and open process that withstands scrutiny.”

The new procedural document replaces the current ANSI Procedures and becomes effective immediately for any prospective applicants for accreditation as a standards developer. A transition period of one year will be provided to current ANSI-accredited standards developers (ASDs). Letters requesting a signed statement of compliance will be distributed to ANSI-accredited standards developers during the first quarter of 2003.

Revisions to the ANSI Essential Requirements will be made on an ongoing basis in an effort to evolve the best possible procedural requirements in the most efficient manner.

View the "ANSI Essential Requirements"

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