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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) First Responder Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable

The ANSI-HDSSC “First Responder Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable will be was held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This meeting will focused on discussing the latest standards development priorities identified by emergency response and preparedness practitioners from law enforcement, fire, and other public safety agencies. You can see the meeting agenda here.

The standards priorities were identified by the InterAgency Board (IAB), which is a collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitio¬ners, 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 experi¬ence, 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. The ANSI-HDSSC has convened multiple roundtables on standards priorities for the IAB and many standards have been developed as a result of these collaborations. The top priorities for 2016 include:

  • Performance standard for non-pneumatic limb tourniquets
  • Standard practices, test methods, and procedures for monitoring effectiveness of protective clothing doffing for avoidance of contamination transfer
  • Performance standard for public safety bomb suits – blast overpressure requirement
  • Performance standard for less lethal chemical agent devices
  • Standard test method for less lethal conducted energy weapons
  • Performance standard for distraction devices
  • Standard test method for explosive containment vessels
  • Product Standard for less lethal impact (i.e., kinetic energy) devices using a launching system to fire projectiles
  • Standard guidance for illicit substance detection

The purpose of these roundtables is to bring together interested federal agencies, researchers, standards development organizations, and responder stakeholder organizations to discuss these and other responder standards and develop a path forward towards meeting these needs.

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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 Panel Participant should contact the HDSSC 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 2017. Please check back here for any future updates.

 Past meetings

Document Library

The HDSSC Member Document Library contains documents relating to the work of the Panel and are available to Panel Participants.

Each year, the Science and Technology (S&T) SubGroup and the Standards Coordinating SubGroup support and coordinate the IAB's 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 Felts Forte
Sr. Program Administrator, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.4903