There are 3 ways members of the general public can contribute to developing an ANS:
The first opportunity to comment on a proposed ANS is when the sponsoring ASD submits a Project Initiation Notification (PINS), and members of the general public can then review and comment on the proposal following the steps below. A draft standard is not available at the PINS phase. After the PINS phase, a draft proposed ANS must be announced for public comment through ANSI Standards Action; this is the public’s opportunity to obtain and comment on a proposed draft document.
Check Standards Action weekly and review PINS announcements in the "Information Concerning" section to learn about proposed new and revised ANS
Identify a proposed standard (or a revision to a current ANS) that you might want to contribute to and find contact information for the sponsoring ASD
Review the proposal, and if you think it might conflict with or duplicate another proposed or approved ANS, submit your comments to the ASD in writing within the 30-day PINS comment period published in Standards Action, in accordance with the rules set for PINS requirement
Check Standards Action weekly and review the "Call for Comments" section.
Identify the draft standard that you'd like to review and comment.
Check how to obtain the draft: Some ASDs post public review drafts online during an open comment period, while others charge a fee to obtain a copy of a draft to defray development and production costs (and there may be other options as well).
Note (and adhere to) the comment deadline, which will be 30, 45, or 60 days from the date of the announcement in Standards Action.
Submit comments directly to the ASD following its specific process and guidelines.
Here's how the sponsoring ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer will respond to your input, in accordance with its procedures.
First, ANSI's procedures encourage informal resolution before a formal appeal is filed, or resolution before the appeals process concludes, when possible.
All of this said, understand that if you do wish to file an appeal, you always start with an appeal to the ASD directly. The ASD's procedures, deadlines, and format requirements govern the appeals process at that level, so you need to obtain the ASD's appeal procedures. There may be a filing fee.
If the appeal to the ASD is not resolved to your satisfaction, only then do you have the right to file a procedural appeal with the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR), but that right to appeal is not available until after the BSR approves the standard as an ANS. (Also note that some ASDs approve ANS without BSR approval, and are called ANSI Audited Designators. The right to appeal ANS approved by these ASDs is different, so be sure to talk to the ASD staff for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Evidence that an unresolved objector completed the appeals process at the ASD level is part of the record that is reviewed by the ANSI BSR. You can learn more about the appeal process to BSR – but keep in mind that:
Note that ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers (ASDs) have different names for their consensus bodies, including technical committee (TC), voting group, and others.
ASDs have procedural requirements and participation policies for their consensus bodies, so you should contact the ASD to obtain a copy of its current procedures and apply to the ASD directly for consensus body (voting) membership.