The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has ruled in favor of Simon Institute on the APPA/ISSA appeal of SI’s status as an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer. The joint appeal was focused on ANSI’s Executive Standards Council decision to accredit SI as a standards developer. APPA, ISSA  and Simon Instiute presented their cases to the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) during a hearing at ANSI headquarters in Washington, DC on September 10, 2014. The ExSC issued its ruling on September 14th, citing that Simon Institute’s operating procedures are in alignment with ANSI’s Essential Requirements.  Simon Institute is bound by these procedures when developing American National Standards within its scope of activity

The process to create voluntary standards is guided by principles of consensus, due process and openness. An essential element of the ANSI standards-setting process is the appeals procedure, which affords the right to appeal by individuals or entities who may feel that they are affected by any action or inaction within a given standard development process. “ANSI’s appeals process is a very important part of the development of standards,” says Jim Ginnaty, Chair of Simon Institute’s standards activities. “It provides a forum to review procedural concerns, provide process improvement suggestions and ensures due process.”

The complete decision can be read by clicking here: APPA_ISSA_Simon_ExSC_dec_092314_final