All ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers (ASDs) are bound by both the ANSI Essential Requirements and their own ANSI-accredited procedures.
When an organization applies to be accredited by ANSI, they submit a set of due process-based procedures to ANSI, which are subject to review by the public and by the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC). Whenever those procedures are revised, they are submitted again to ANSI for review.
Interested members of the public can review and comment on both the procedures of new applicants for accreditation and revised procedures of an already-accredited standards developer following these steps:
Familiarize yourself with ANSI's Essential Requirements: If you are interested in commenting on an applicant's procedures or an existing ASD's procedures, you should understand what ANSI's procedural requirements are and what they are not. Each ASD has a documented standards development process that meets ANSI's requirements.
Some ASD processes include more than ANSI's basic requirements, some design multiple steps to satisfy one of ANSI's requirements, and others may innovate, using unique processes or models of consensus development.
Obtain a standards developer's application for accreditation and ANS-related procedures or revised procedures. Announcements of new applicants for accreditation by ANSI or revised procedures subject to public review are published in ANSI Standards Action, along with a link from which the application and procedures may be obtained.
Review a standards developer’s procedures against the ANSI Essential Requirements within the 30-day comment period:
Notification of the decision and right to appeal: When an application for accreditation is approved or denied by the ANSI ExSC, those who submitted public comments on record with ANSI will be notified in writing of the decision, and of their right to file a procedural appeal to the ExSC, within 15 working days.