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ANSI Seeks Comments on New ISO Field of Activity on Guidelines on Integrating a Business Excellence Framework

Submit Comments by April 13


As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its members and relevant stakeholders to comment on an ISO new work item proposal focused on guidelines on integrating a business excellence framework with ISO management system standards.

The proposal was submitted by SCC, the national standards body for Canada, and BSI, the ISO member from the United Kingdom (UK), with the following scope statement:

Organizations implementing single or multiple management systems and simultaneously the Business Excellence framework are faced with the major challenge of lack of alignment. This can be attributed to multiple factors, including but not limited to, organizational design/structure, responsibilities matrix, contextual understanding of the linkages/inter-dependencies, silo mentality and turf protection.

The proposed guidelines will provide a roadmap on integrating the national/international business excellence frameworks with management system standards or enhancing organization efficiency, facilitating effective decision-making, and promoting transparency, innovation and continuous improvement.

All interested U.S. parties are invited to review the proposal, which includes an initial proposed work plan as well as information on how it may relate to existing international standardization work as well as relevant stakeholders and organizations.

Please submit comments to Steve Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy (, by close of business on April 13, 2018. Based on the input received from U.S. stakeholders, a recommended ANSI position and any comments will be developed and presented to the AIC for approval before the ISO voting deadline of May 19, 2018.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC.

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