The American National Standards (ANS) process comprises two distinct phases:
Accreditation by ANSI signifies that an organization’s voluntary consensus standards development procedures meet ANSI’s requirements for openness and due process. To become an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer (ASD), an organization voluntarily submits documentation of its procedures to ANSI for review, and agrees to maintain compliance with ANSI's requirements and oversight (ANSI's oversight relates only to this activity). Accreditation by ANSI is a prerequisite for an organization to submit documents for approval as American National Standards (ANS).
ANSI approves a document as an American National Standards (ANS) when the sponsoring ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) successfully demonstrates that consensus has been achieved and that the standard's development complied with ANSI’s Essential Requirements and oversight process. ANSI reviews and approves American National Standards on an individual-document basis (except in the case of Audited Designators).
Accreditation as an ASD provides concrete value and powerful recognition to a standards developer – and to the individual standards that earn the American National Standards (ANS) designation.