The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its Procedures and Standards Administration (PSA) department remind all ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrators to International Organization for Standardization activities, that a response to the recently distributed e-mail that contained the 2021 Procedural Compliance Form/2020 TAG Annual Report Notice must be returned no later than February 1, 2021, to the ANSI PSA department ([email protected]). As no changes were made to the 2019 ANSI International Procedures, the 2019 edition remains in effect in 2021.
TAG Administrators requiring additional time to respond should send an extension request to [email protected]; failure to submit by the deadline may jeopardize the TAG’s accreditation status and the organization's status as the related ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG Administrator. TAGs that are not separately accredited are not required to submit their own TAG compliance form or annual report. A complete list of ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and ISO/IEC can be accessed at www.ansi.org/isotags.
“ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and ISO/IEC activities serve an essential role in ensuring strong representation of U.S. interests in these international activities; ANSI’s annual report and compliance certification process is one of the checks-and-balances built into the system to promote its integrity,” explained Ms. Fran Schrotter, ANSI SVP and COO. “The 2021 ISO TAG Annual Compliance Form E-mail is combined with the 2020 TAG Annual Reporting format to facilitate the annual compliance notification process and the ISO and ISO/IEC TAG Annual Report submission.”
2021 Procedural Compliance E-mail (Part 1)
Before submitting the 2021 ISO and ISO/IEC TAG Procedural Compliance E-mail (Part 1), please review the 2019 edition of the ANSI International Procedures (www.ansi.org/internationalprocedures) and the TAG’s accredited procedures to ensure the TAG’s procedures are current. As no changes were made to the 2019 edition of the ANSI International Procedures in 2020, the 2019 edition remains in effect.
ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG Administrators to U.S. TAGs to ISO and ISO/IEC that are accredited to use Annex A (model procedures) of the ANSI International Procedures are not required to revise the TAG’s procedures, but must rely on and operate in compliance with the 2019 edition of the ANSI International Procedures and Annex A contained therein.
2020 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 or ISO/IEC.
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:
18.104.22.168 Annual Reporting
Each U.S. TAG Administrator shall submit to ANSI a completed TAG Annual Compliance Form. In addition, 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 ExSC or its designee no later than January 31 of the following year (Staff note: As this date falls on a weekend in 2021, the deadline is the following Monday, February 1).
Return of Compliance Email
Please remember that all ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and ISO/IEC must complete and submit both parts of the Compliance E-mail by February 1, 2021 to [email protected] along with a copy of the current TAG membership roster (with details as specified in the ANSI International Procedures). Extension requests and questions may be directed to [email protected] no later than February 1, 2021.
An acknowledgement email will be sent to each submitter within two weeks of receipt by ANSI; please keep a copy of the submittal and the related receipt for your records.
The ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) wishes to thank all ANSI-Accredited US TAG Administrators to ISO and ISO/IEC activities for their efforts throughout the year to ensure that the U.S. has a strong and effective voice in International Standardization activities.