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American National Standards (ANS) Process: Guidance Documents Available

New York, May 14, 2007

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the availability of an online toolkit for all ANSI-accredited standards developers. Issued under the auspices of the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC), the comprehensive suite of guidance documents is intended to support developers through the American National Standards (ANS) development process including the ANSI Audit.

As coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations. ANSI accreditation signifies that the procedures used by the standards developer in connection with an ANS meet the Institute’s requirements for openness, balance, due process, and consensus.

Hallmarks of the ANS process include: consensus by a group that is open to all interested parties; broad-based public review; incorporation of submitted changes that meet consensus requirements into a draft standard; and the availability of a procedural appeals process.

To guide developers through this process, the online resource materials offer:

All resources are available in the ANSI Public Document Library. The documents will be updated on an ongoing basis; additional resources will be added as appropriate.

“Our goal is to continue to provide the services that ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers need to expedite and comply with the requirements of the ANS process,” said Lane Hallenbeck, Vice President, Accreditation Services. “Developers are encouraged to visit ANSI Online regularly as relevant information will be posted on an ongoing basis.”

Comments, suggestions and questions may be sent to the PSA department ( The PSA team supports the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC), the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) and the ANSI Appeals Board.

The full list of guidance documents can be found here.

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