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Members Recruited for ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR)

Standards Developers Reminded of Need to Use Current Procedural Forms

New York, Sep 26, 2003

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today that it is recruiting new members for its Board of Standards Review (BSR). The Board plays an integral role within the ANSI Federation and the American National Standards process. Its members serve as individuals, not as members or representatives of any organization.

In accordance with the ANSI Constitution and Bylaws, the BSR is charged with the review and approval of American National Standards based on the evidence of consensus that is submitted by ANSI-accredited standards developers. This is a purely procedural review – the BSR does not review technical issues, nor do they review the content of standards. The group is also responsible for hearing appeals of their decisions and voting on requests for the “withdrawal for cause” of American National Standards. In addition, the BSR offer recommendations to the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) with regard to procedural revisions and in some instances with regard to accreditation issues.

According to Anne Caldas, ANSI director of procedures and standards administration, the principal qualifications for a seat on the BSR are “membership in ANSI, competence and the ability to render impartial judgment in the approval and withdrawal of American National Standards.” The procedures that govern the American National Standards process are contained in the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards (ANSI Essential Requirements).

“Participation on the BSR enables those involved in the American National Standards process to become familiar with the range of approaches used by ANSI-accredited standards developers to achieve consensus while complying with ANSI's procedural requirements,” explained Caldas. “It is also a great service to the ANSI Federation and to standardization in this country.”

The BSR is scheduled to meet four times each year; at least one meeting is in person, with others normally held via teleconference. Between meetings, members vote via letter ballots to approve candidate American National Standards. The majority of BSR letter ballots are issued electronically; thus, the ability to access information posted via ANSI Online is required of all members. For any standard that receives one or more negative votes from BSR members, a re-circulation ballot is issued. Any standard that does not receive sufficient votes for approval, or for which there is insufficient time between meetings to re-circulate associated negative votes, is discussed at a BSR meeting. BSR members are responsible for the costs of participating.

Candidates interested in BSR membership are invited to e-mail a bio or resume to Anne Caldas, secretary of the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR), at

Reminder: Use of Proper Forms Required During ANS Development Process

Members of the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) have issued a reminder to all ANSI-accredited standards developers that use of the current versions of the PINS, BSR-8 and BSR-9 forms is required during the development of candidate American National Standards.

In addition to the current version of each form that is available on ANSI Online in the public library, two forms are also available for completion online:

Web Forms

As required in the ANSI Essential Requirements and as previously communicated in the ANSI Reporter (summer 2003 issue), a PINS announcement must be published prior to the submittal and publication of a Standards Action Public Review request (BSR-8). If a PINS is required by the ANSI Essential Requirements and one is not submitted, then the related BSR-8 will not be published.

According to Anne Caldas, the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) requires the submittal of a current American National Standard Formal Submittal Checklist (BSR-9) and all of the required supporting information.

“Submittals that include outdated PINS, BSR-8 or BSR-9 forms may cause packages that are otherwise complete to be returned by ANSI staff unprocessed,” explained Caldas. “It is in the best interest of all ANSI-accredited standards developers to ensure that their library of forms is complete and up to date.”

Questions regarding the forms, the ANSI Essential Requirements, or the accreditation of standards developers should be directed to

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