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ANSI Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC)

The American National Standards Institute's Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC) has as its mission to identify existing consensus standards, or, if none exist, assist government agencies and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security and homeland defense.

Originally established by ANSI in February 2003 as the Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP), the HDSSC was renamed in 2013 to reflect a revision of the group’s charter expanding its scope to include issues related to homeland defense and to include input from a wider range of government agencies and private groups. The HSSP was originally established to bolster the development of voluntary standards related to homeland security and emergency preparedness.

The HDSSC promotes a positive, cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors in order to meet the needs of the nation in this critical area. The updated charter calls for the group to reach out to members of the homeland defense and security sectors that have not previously been directly involved with the voluntary consensus standards system. The Collaborative seeks broad engagement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), state agencies, and other relevant entities.

Recent News Items

ANSI-HDSSC “InterAgency Board (IAB) Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Washington, DC

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC), along with the InterAgency Board (IAB) for Emergency Preparedness and Response, held a meeting on March 27, 2018, for federal agencies, standards development organizations, and responder stakeholder organizations to discuss responder standards development priorities.

 View the Meeting Minutes.

The IAB is a collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitioners, federal employees, and subject matter experts representing a wide array of technical expertise. The IAB facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas to improve national preparedness and promote interoperability and compatibility among local, state, and federal response communities. Based on direct field experience, IAB members advocate for and assist with the development and implementation of performance criteria, standards, test protocols, and technical, operating, and training requirements for all-hazards incident response equipment.

Each year, the IAB develops a list of standards that do not currently exist but are needed for the responder community, and the priorities for 2017 are listed below:

  • Guidance for initial first responders at an incident involving chemical agents
  • Guidance for initial first responders at an incident involving biological agents
  • Test method(s) and performance specification for biological field detection instruments
  • Guidance for handling contaminated remains in mass fatality incidents
  • Guidance for minimizing personnel contamination and performing decontamination related to structural fires
  • Test method for security and reliability of wireless links between unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and the controller
  • Guidance for tactical medics deployed during law enforcement operations
  • Standard and accreditation program for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams
  • Test method for less lethal conducted energy weapons
  • Performance standard for less lethal impact (i.e., kinetic energy) devices using a launching system to fire projectiles
  • Performance standard for distraction devices
  • Performance standard for body worn video cameras used by public safety practitioners
  • Performance standard for tactical operation video cameras

 News Items Archive


Participation in the HDSCC is open to representatives of industry, government, professional societies, trade associations, standards developers, and consortia groups directly involved in U.S. homeland security and homeland defense standardization.

Any organization wishing to become a HDSSC participant should contact the Director ( 212.642.4884) for further details on how to join.

HDSCC officers:

Co-Chair (private-sector):

Christian Dubay
Vice President and Chief Engineer
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Co-Chair (public-sector):

Casandra (Cassy) Robinson
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Meeting Calendar

The ANSI-HDSSC is considering topics for upcoming meetings in 2018. Please check back for future updates.

 Past meetings

Document Library

The HDSSC Member Document Library contains documents relating to the work of the Collaborative and are available to HDSCC participants.

Each year, the Science and Technology SubGroup (S&T) and the Standards Coordinating SubGroup support and coordinate the InterAgency Board’s (IAB) efforts to identify and to prioritize research and development (R&D) and standards requirements within the First Responder community. These IAB Priority Lists are shared with the S&T community to help focus R&D needs and the standards community to help focus existing and potential standard needs.

Membership in ANSI

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Staff Contact

Michelle Deane
Director, HDSSC
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 4 Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212.642.4884
Fax: 212.398.0023

Janet Forte
Tel: 212.642.4903

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative