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ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers to Benefit from Normalized Annual Fee Structure

2005 Implementation Date Set

New York, Jan 16, 2004

In order to normalize the fees paid to support the infrastructure of the American National Standards (ANS) process, and to facilitate the budget planning processes of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) members, a new annual fee structure will replace the BSR-9 processing fee and the cost of the separately billed periodic ANSI audits. The policy was announced January 16 by the Institute’s procedures and standards administration department as a follow-up to presentations made at the ANSI Organizational Member Forum (OMF) meetings in October 2002, and May and September 2003. The change is applicable to all ANSI-accredited standards developers (ASDs) effective January 1, 2005.

The new fee structure will be based upon the number of approved American National Standards sponsored by each developer. The extraordinary cost of an audit once every five years, as is the case under the current system, will be eliminated. The formula to calculate the annual fee will be relatively stable though consideration will be given to inflationary adjustments, related program costs and standards development activity. There will be no additional fees unless special circumstances exist (e.g., a special audit for cause required by the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC)).

“Although the new fee structure will not fully recover all the associated program costs, it does begin to proportionately assign the expenses associated with the ANS process directly to the standards developers that utilize the system and that benefit from the infrastructure and related services provided,” explained Anne Caldas, procedures and standards administration director.

A detailed presentation related to the new fee structure is available in the OMF section of the ANSI Online Members Library ( as document “OMF N 513”. For additional information, please contact the procedures and standards administration department (

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