ANSI Spokesperson Says It's Possible for a
Private Company to Gain Accreditation as a Standards Developer,
But Not Common; Same Rules Would Apply as to Other ANSI Standards
February 12, 2010
In light of the reports that Belron Technical, a division of the
Belgium-based company, is seeking accreditation as an American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) standards developer, ANSI spokesperson
Elizabeth Neiman advised glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine that
though private companies becoming standards developers isn't common,
it is possible. (CLICK
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"While it is not common for a company to become a standards
developer, there is nothing in ANSI's Essential Requirements that
prohibits or otherwise discourages an application from a company,"
Neiman points out that the Essential Requirements is a "procedural
document that outlines the requirements for ANSI accreditation as
a standards developer and for the development of American National
She says if Belron Technical does become accredited by ANSI as
a standards-developer, the same rules will apply to them as any
other standards-making organization, such as the Auto Glass Replacement
Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council and the Repair of Laminated Auto
Glass Standards (ROLAGS) Committee.
"Should Belron Technical become accredited by ANSI, they will
be held to the same Essential Requirements as all other ANSI Accredited
Standards Developers and will follow the same process, which has
been laid down to ensure that American National Standards are developed
in a manner that is equitable, accessible, and responsive,"
The ANSI guidelines outline several requirements for the development
of an ANSI standard, as follows, according to Neiman:
- Participation must be open to all interested stakeholders;
- A balance of interests shall be sought;
- Consensus must be reached by representatives from materially affected
and interested parties in an environment that is free from dominance
by any party;
- Standards are required to undergo public reviews during which
any member of the public may comment;
- Comments from the consensus body and public review period must
be responded to in writing;
- All unresolved objections, attempts at resolution, and substantive
changes to text are provided to the ANS consensus body for review
prior to final vote; and
- An appeals process through the standards developer to address
procedural concerns is required.
Neiman also notes that Belron Technical's application for accreditation
has not yet been accepted, and is subject to a public comment review.
Those who are interested in reviewing Belron Technical's proposed
operating procedures or in offering comments on their application
for accreditation may do so by contacting Peg McKim, standards consultant,
176 Red Haven Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
with a copy to the Recording Secretary, ExSC, in ANSI's New York
Office (available by fax at 212/840-2298 or e-mail to
email@example.com). Comments are due by March 8, 2010.
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