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Governance Changes Affect Technical Advisory Groups

Compliance Form Due June 15, 2003

New York, May 06, 2003

The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Procedures & Standards Administration (PSA) department has announced the availability of the 2003 Compliance Form for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The form must be completed by all ANSI-accredited TAG administrators to indicate compliance with the revised edition of the ANSI Procedures for U.S. Participation in the International Standards Activities of the International Organization for Standardization (a.k.a. the ANSI International Procedures). Completion of this form and submittal of it to the PSA department is due on or before June 15, 2003.

All U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO are required to be accredited by the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC). This accreditation relates to the procedures that are used by the TAG and the TAG Administrator to develop consensus with regard to the position of the U.S. in connection with ISO standards.

Maintaining ANSI-accreditation is contingent upon compliance with current procedural requirements. The ANSI International Procedures document has been updated to reflect the new governance structure within the ANSI Federation, and affects the process related to a change in a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator of an ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG to ISO.

A new procedure entitled “Auditing Policy and Procedures for ANSI Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO” has also been issued. This procedure applies to ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs in connection with audits-for-cause, which may be instituted by the ANSI ExSC as the relevant accrediting body in response to an appeal filed with and heard by them.

The following related documents are available on ANSI Online (www.ansi.org) in the Library:

    1. 2003 Compliance Form
    2. ANSI International Procedures (2003 edition)
    3. Updated sample TAG Annual Report form
    4. Auditing Policy and Procedures for ANSI Accredited US TAGs to ISO

“I encourage TAG members and administrators to visit ANSI Online regularly, as relevant information is posted there on an ongoing basis,” said Anne Caldas, PSA director. “Our goal is to continue to provide the services needed to expedite and comply with the requirements of the ANSI International Procedures.” Questions, ideas or recommendations may be sent to psa@ansi.org.

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