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ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS), voluntary consensus based standards, by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs). ABYC’s accreditation by ANSI signifies that the ABYC procedures used in the development of ABYC standards meet the ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. These requirements are set forth in a document known as the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards

The hallmarks of the American National Standards process include:

  • Consensus on a proposed standard by a group or "consensus body" that includes representatives from materially affected and interested parties
  • Broad-based public review and comment on draft standards;
  • Consideration of and response to comments submitted by voting members of the relevant consensus body and by public review commenters;
  • Incorporation of approved changes into a draft standard; and
  • Right to appeal by any participant that believes that due process principles were not sufficiently respected during the standards development in accordance with the ANSI-accredited procedures of the standards developer.

ABYC’s participation as an ANSI accredited SDO signifies ABYC commitment to producing the premier global standard for safer boating.

For more about ANSI visit www.ansi.org


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