Standards Process

The development of standards or guidelines, or the revision or interpretation of an existing one, starts with a request from an member or committee, but most often these requests are initiated by’s product sections. A standard may also be proposed by anyone from outside, such as another trade association or a federal regulatory agency.

Requests for the development of an standard should be directed to’s Vice President, Standards. A formal request is then sent to's Standards Policy Committee, which assigns development of the standard to the related product section's Engineering Committee. The Engineering Committee serves as the standards development committee and all of its meetings are open to the public. Notification of these meetings is published on’s Web site, e-newsletter, and in the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI's) biweekly publication, Standards Action.

A draft standard must make it through three rigorous reviews: First, it is reviewed by the Engineering Committee, then by the related product section, and finally by the Standards Policy Committee. It can be rejected at any step in the process. But, if approved by these three groups, which requires a two-thirds majority vote, the standard is then officially published on the Web site where it is available to download. standards are then submitted to ANSI for approval as American National Standards and serve as a basis for international standards work.