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Attention ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs: 2015 Procedural Compliance Forms and 2014 TAG Annual Reports Due by January 31, 2015


12/10/2014

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its Procedures and Standards Administration department wish to remind all ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrators to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that a response to the recently distributed E-mail that contained the 2015 Procedural Compliance Form/2014 TAG Annual Report Notice must be submitted no later than January 31, 2015, to the ANSI PSA department (psa@ansi.org). Individuals requiring additional time to respond should send an extension request to psa@ansi.org; failure to submit by the deadline may jeopardize your organization’s status as an ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG and TAG Administrator. TAGs that are not separately accredited or that report to the main ISO/TC TAG are not required to submit their own TAG compliance form or annual report. A full list of ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO can be accessed at www.ansi.org/isotags.

2015 Procedural Compliance E-mail (Part 1)/2014 TAG Annual Report (Part 2)
“By seeking and maintaining ANSI-accredited status, an organization chooses to publicly commit to an open, equitable, and accessible consensus process that ensures due process and benefits the public interest,” explained Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president of accreditation services. “The 2015 ISO TAG Annual Compliance Form E-mail is combined with the 2014 TAG Annual Reporting format and so it is designed to facilitate the annual compliance notification process and the ISO TAG Annual Report submission.”

Before submitting the 2015 ISO TAG Procedural Compliance E-mail (Part 1), please review the 2015 edition of the ANSI International Procedures (www.ansi.org/internationalprocedures), which includes a new antitrust policy requirement reflected in clauses 2.3.3, A.3 and A.11. All ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO are required to comply with this antitrust policy statement. TAG Administrators to TAGs that are accredited to use Annex A (Model Procedures) are not required to revise the TAG’s procedures, but must rely on and operate in compliance with the new 2015 edition of the ANSI International Procedures and the Model Procedures contained therein. TAGs that are accredited to use unique procedures, i.e., other than the Model Procedures, must revise their procedures (or submit an addendum) to incorporate a compliant antitrust policy or the language contained in the new A.11 Antitrust Policy. If a TAG wishes to change its procedures in any way – including any other revisions to the Model procedures - then those revisions must be submitted for review by the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) and reaccreditation. Revised procedures are to be submitted in strike-through-underline format with a rationale to psa@ansi.org.

2014 TAG Annual Report Form (Part 2)
The TAG Annual Report Form is Part 2 of the Compliance E-mail that was issued to each TAG Administrator of an ANSI-Accredited US TAG to ISO.

The Annual Reporting requirements contained in the ANSI Procedures for U.S. Participation in the International Standards Activities of the ISO (ANSI International Procedures) are excerpted, in part, below:

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 ANSI Executive Standards Council (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.

Please remember that all ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO must complete both parts of the Compliance E-mail by January 31, 2015. In the past, some TAG Administrators have provided one of the required forms instead of both, so please remember to complete Part 1 and Part 2 and submit both to psa@ansi.org.

Two sessions will be offered of a brief webinar to review the Compliance E-mail; both sessions will cover the same information.

Questions about the 2015 Compliance E-mail/2014 TAG Annual Report submission process may be sent to psa@ansi.org. An acknowledgement email will be sent to each submitter within two weeks; please keep a copy of the submittal and the related receipt for your records.

The ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) thanks all ANSI-Accredited US TAG Administrators to ISO activities for their efforts throughout the year to ensure that the U.S. has a strong and effective voice in the international standardization activities of the ISO.

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