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Members Invited to Nominate Candidates for ANSI Board of Directors and Institute Policy Committees Institute Policy

Committee Membership Expanded in New Governance Structure

New York, Sep 04, 2002

As part of a new governance structure recently approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), members have been invited by Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI President and CEO, to nominate qualified candidates to serve on the ANSI Board of Directors and the Institute Policy Committees. Nominations for qualified candidates are due by October 2, 2002.

The Institute Policy Committees reflect some of the new changes in the governance structure. Previously limited to Board members only, the Committees have been opened to the general membership, and all ANSI members have the opportunity to participate in the activities of any Policy Committee. Voting membership will be limited to approximately 30 persons appointed by the Chairman of the Board and approved by the Executive Committee of the Board from among nominated, eligible candidates.

A non-voting representative may also be designated by ANSI members to receive information, submit comments and attend Committee meetings whenever logistically possible. The affected Institute Policy Committees are the National Policy Committee (NPC), the International Policy Committee (IPC), the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC), the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) and the ANSI Patent Group. Though not officially a Policy Committee under the by-laws, he ANSI International Forum, which reports to the AIC, is also establishing a voting membership and participation by non-voting representatives.

All candidates for the Board of Directors will be referred to the Board Nominating Committee and will be balloted for election by vote of the ANSI membership. Responsibilities of the Board include the approval of such fundamental issues as the strategic direction of the Institute, the annual budget, a decision to employ or discontinue the employment of the President, and the scope of responsibilities of the Board and Institute Committees, Councils and Boards.

Candidates for the Board or for voting membership on a Policy Committee must either be a corporate officer or provide a letter from a corporate officer stating that their company or organization will support the candidate in connection with their participation (note: does not apply to ANSI individual members and government members). A biographical statement must also be provided.

"The new governance structure will allow the Institute to function more efficiently and will provide our members with enhanced opportunities to participate in ANSI policy setting," states Hurwitz. "I encourage all ANSI members to take advantage of these opportunities and become as actively involved as resources will allow." January 1, 2003 will serve as the effective date for full implementation of the new governance structure.

Please click here for details, additional information about the scope of the Policy Committees and the Nominations Form. For general questions on the governance re-structuring and how to complete the form, please contact James McCabe, director of consumer relations and members services at or 212-642-8921.