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Reminder: ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG to ISO Annual Reports Due by January 31, 2006


New York, Dec 27, 2005

The Procedures and Standards Administration department of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wishes to remind all administrators of ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that the 2005 Annual Reports are due before January 31, 2006, to psa@ansi.org.

The ANSI Procedures for U.S. Participation in the International Standards Activities of the ISO requires the following with respect to Annual Reporting:

2.5.5.2 - Annual Reporting. 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 meetings (including attendees), actions taken, and the work program

      2. Current TAG membership list which shall include:

        a) Title and designation of the U.S. TAG
        b) Scope of the U.S. TAG
        c) U.S. TAG administrator (name of organization, name of secretary, address(es), telephone number)
        d) U.S. TAG officers (chairman and other officers)
        e) Members:
          i) 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
          ii) 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 administration, and any areas in which the U.S. TAG administrator requires 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

In addition, a 2006 Compliance Form will be issued later in 2006. The ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC), the accrediting body for U.S. TAGs to ISO, reviews on a regular basis compliance requirements associated with ANSI-Accredited US TAGs to ISO. TAGs who do not comply with ANSI's procedural requirements, including the timely submittal of Annual Reports and Compliance Forms, when issued, are subject to review and possible suspension by the ANSI ExSC.

For your convenience, a sample TAG Annual Report Form can be downloaded on ANSI Online by clicking here.

For more information on ISO TAG accreditation requirements, please contact psa@ansi.org.

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