ANSI Accreditation of American National Standards Developers
Learn more about American National Standards and the value of the ANS
ANSI does not itself develop standards. Rather, the Institute accredits
standards developing organizations to create and maintain American National
Applying for Accreditation
A standards developing organization whose procedures meet the
requirements for due process and criteria for approval and withdrawal of ANS,
as described in the
ANSI Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National
Standards, may apply to ANSI for accreditation as a standards developer.
While the vast majority of ANSI Accredited Standards Developers (ASDs) are
members of the ANSI Federation, membership is not a requirement. However, all
prospective ANSI ASDs are required to either become full ANSI organization
members or pay an equivalent annual maintenance of accreditation fee.
Non-members do not receive the many benefits of ANSI membership.
Periodically, the PSA staff will issue to all ANSI-accredited standards
developers a compilation of changes to the standards developing process that
have been approved by the Institute’s Board of Directors. This will usually
take the form of a revised set of procedures.
Accompanying these revisions will be a compliance form that must be signed and
returned to the PSA Department after a review of the revisions and comparison
with the SDO’s accredited procedures. The compliance form will specify a date
by which all ANSI-accredited SDOs must be in full compliance with the approved
In order for the developers of American National Standards to be aware of any
changes that may be in progress, it is recommended that these developers
regularly visit the
ANSI Online Public Document Library, which contains information
concerning procedural changes under consideration by the Executive Standards
Council (ExSC), those undergoing public review (which are also published in Standards Action), and those recently approved by the Board of Directors.
Reading the documents under public review also affords ANSI-accredited SDOs the
best opportunity to make their opinions about proposed changes known to the