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General Public Participation
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Get Involved in International Standardization

The rules that govern the work procedures of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) are formally laid down in a set of ISO/IEC Directives. Along with several related guidance documents, these directives are designed to ensure transparency and fairness in international standards development, and they allow for all interested stakeholders to have a voice through their national standards body member of ISO.

Similarly, the ANSI Procedures for U.S. Participation in the International Standards Activities of ISO (“International Procedures”) ensure that openness is a key feature of the U.S. approach to international standardization. Through ANSI as the national member body, the U.S. has immediate access to and influence in the ISO standards development processes, and ANSI encourages the general public to get involved in a number of ways:

Comment on a Proposed ISO Standards Activity

ANSI announces a public comment period when ISO receives a proposal for the following activities:

  • A new ISO standard (New Work Item Proposal – NWIP)
  • A new standardization area
  • A new ISO Technical Committee (TC) or other group in a field of technical activity not already covered by another TC

These proposals are most often from a member body of ISO, an existing technical committee, or other ISO stakeholder.

ANSI announces these public comment periods via the following publications/sources:

Included in the proposal will be a scope precisely defining the limits of the activity and the rationale for the proposed new activity, among other information.

In all cases, the public is invited to review the proposal and submit comments to ANSI, following the instructions and deadline provided in each announcement.

Based on the input received from U.S. stakeholders, ANSI will develop a recommended position and provide comments to the ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) for approval and then submission of a vote to ISO (see ANSI’s explanatory information document for more details on this process).

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Have questions or need some help?

Email Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy.

Comment on a U.S. TAG to ISO and TAG Administrator Application

The public is invited to comment on U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) accreditation applications, as well as assignment of U.S. Secretariats for ISO committees.

In order to be well-informed about the criteria and processes, commenters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with ANSI’s International Procedures – in particular, the following sections:

Application for Accreditation of the U.S. TAG and for Approval of the U.S. TAG Administrator and Initial Membership of the U.S. TAG

See Section 2.4

Acceptance of ISO Committee Secretariats

See Section 1.5

When a new U.S. TAG, administrator, or secretariat is proposed, ANSI announces public comment periods via the following publications/sources:

Instructions for commenting on the application (or secretariat assignment) and relevant deadlines are provided in each announcement.

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Have questions or need some help?

For questions on U.S. TAG applications, email ANSI’s Procedures and Standards Administration (PSA) staff.

For questions on ISO Secretariats, email ANSI’s ISO Team (ISOT).

Apply for Membership on a U.S. TAG

Membership on a U.S. TAG is open to all U.S. national interested parties who are directly and materially affected by the U.S. TAG’s activity. A request for membership can be sent to the U.S. TAG administrator at any time.

Access a list of all ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and TAG Administrators

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ANSI regularly announces calls for U.S. TAG participants via the following sources:

The criteria and processes for U.S. TAG membership are detailed in the accredited procedures of the U.S. TAG, with many operating in accordance with ANSI's Model TAG Procedures (Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures), and in particular, section A5 of the International Procedures. (Please note that section A5 only applies to those U.S. Tags using ANSI's Model TAG Procedures.

See Section A5
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Have questions or need some help?

Email ANSI’s ISO Team (ISOT).

Comment on or Propose ANSI International Procedures Revisions

The ANSI International Procedures are periodically revised, and any interested party can comment on or submit a proposed revision at any time. The process is as follows:

  • A proposed revision is submitted to [email protected] in strikethrough/underline format with a rationale for the changes.
  • The proposed revision is reviewed by the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC).
  • If approved by the ExSC, the proposed revision is announced for public comment in the following source:


  • All public comments received are reviewed by the ANSI ExSC and responses are developed. If no further revisions to the proposal will be made, then the ExSC votes to approve or withdraw. If substantive changes are to be made, then another public review is scheduled.
  • Written responses are issued to public commenters by the Secretary of the ANSI ExSC.
  • If approved by the ExSC, proposed procedural revisions are then submitted to the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the ANSI Board of Directors for final approval.
  • Approved revisions are incorporated into the next edition of the procedures.

For more information, see the ANSI Summary Process for the Maintenance of the ANSI Essential Requirements and the ANSI International Procedures.

Staff Contact

Email ANSI’s Procedures and Standards Administration (PSA) staff at [email protected].