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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Standard on Compliance Programs

Standards Australia (SA), the Australian member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has submitted a proposal to ISO for a new International Standard on guidelines for compliance programs. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by Friday, July 27, 2012.

Compliance programs are systematic procedures instituted by an organization to ensure that the provisions of regulations imposed by a government agency are being met.
Based on the existing Australian standard 3806-2006, Compliance programs, the proposed new work item would provide principles and guidance for organizations designing, developing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an effective compliance program. It could be used to implement a compliance program to assist the organization with meeting any legislative and/or other commitments (voluntary or mandatory) to which an organization is obligated to comply with or has committed to meet on a voluntary basis. The proposed standard could also facilitate best practice benchmarking of compliance programs by both organizations and regulators.

All comments on the proposal should be sent to Steven P. Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy ([email protected]). Feedback received by the July 27 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comments, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for formal approval.

Read the SA proposal.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.


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