ANSI Essential Requirements
4.4 Designation of American National Standards
A standard that is approved as an American National Standard shall have its cover or title page marked with an approval logo1 furnished by ANSI or the words “an American National Standard.” In addition, American National Standards shall be marked in such a way as to identify the version of the standard or shall be identified by a unique alphanumeric designation in accordance with the guidelines contained herein.
The ANSI approval logo and the words “an American National Standard” shall not be used to identify any standard that has not received approval as an ANS by the ANSI Board of Standards Review or been approved by an accredited standards developer who has been granted authority to designate its standards as American National Standards.
Portions of a published document that were not approved through the ANS consensus process shall not contain requirements necessary for conformance with the approved American National Standard (ANS) and shall be (1) clearly identified at the beginning and end of each such portion of the document, or (2) such information shall be overprinted on the cover page. These portions of the document shall be marked with the following, or similar, explanatory language:
“The information contained in this (portion of a document) is not part of this American National Standard (ANS) and has not been processed in accordance with ANSI’s requirements for an ANS. As such, this (portion of a document) may contain material that has not been subjected to public review or a consensus process. In addition, it does not contain requirements necessary for conformance to the standard.”
American National Standards shall be identified by a unique alphanumeric designation (e.g., ANSI/ASD 123-2021). Multiple designations should be avoided. If a standard has multiple designations, an attempt shall be made by those concerned to arrive at a single designation.
1 An "Approved American National Standard" mark is available from ANSI.
4.5 Publication of American National Standards
American National Standards shall be published and made available as soon as possible, but no later than six months after approval as an American National Standard. The standards developer shall publish the standard or shall grant the right of publication to ANSI.
If an American National Standard is not published within six months following its approval, the standards developer may request an extension of this deadline from the BSR or its designee. Such a request shall be in writing, shall supply the reason for the delay, and shall indicate a firm final date for publication. At its discretion, the BSR or its designee may grant an additional period of time for publication. Audited Designators are not required to request an extension, but shall ensure an equivalent publication schedule and maintain documentation related to any publication delays.
The BSR or its designee shall publish a notice in Standards Action of intent to withdraw approval if the standards developer a) fails to publish the standard or fails to grant ANSI the right to publish within six months after its approval as an American National Standard and does not request an extension of the deadline despite follow-up or b) fails to meet the extended deadline.
4.7 Maintenance of American National Standards
American National Standards shall be kept current and relevant by means of timely revision, reaffirmation or action to stabilize. Obsolete standards shall be withdrawn. Except in the case of the national adoption of ISO and IEC standards as American National Standards, when the maintenance provisions contained in the ANSI Procedures for the National Adoption of ISO or IEC Standards as American National Standards shall apply, standards developers are permitted three options – periodic maintenance, continuous maintenance or stabilized maintenance – as outlined below.