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Consumer representation on policy and governance committees:

Committee Representative(s)
ANSI Board of Directors, ANSI ISO Council Linda Golodner, National Consumers League
ANSI Board of Directors, Standards Advisor to Executive Standards Council Colin Church, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
ANSI Board of Directors, Board Nominating Committee Don Mays, Consumers Union
ANSI Board of Directors, ANSI ISO Council David Pittle, consumer representative
ANSI Board of Directors, Board Executive Committee, National Policy Committee Kathleen Thuner, National Assn. of Consumer Agency Administrators
U.S. National Committee of IEC Council consumer advocate JoAnn Emmel, Virginia Tech and Assn. of Home Equipment Educators
ANSI Consumer Interest Forum See


Consumer representation on international and regional technical committees of priority interest for consumers:

Social responsibility
ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility Linda Golodner, National Consumers League, IDTF Member, ASQ Consumer Expert
ISO/TC 217/WG 7, Sun protection test methods US Food and Drug Administration experts


National technical committees or mirror committees for ISO or IEC TCs:

Committee Representative(s)
US TAG IEC SC23E Bob Garrett, CPSC (observer)
US TAG IEC TC59 Jean Memken, Northwest Missouri State University
US TAG IEC TC59/SC59M Mark Connelly, Consumers Union
US TAG IEC TC 61 JoAnn Emmel, Virginia Tech
US TAG IEC TC 61 Jean Memken, Northwest Missouri State University
US TAG IEC TC 61 Cindy Miller, Ball State University
US TAG ISO PC 240/243 Randy Butturini, CPSC
AHAM ANSI Canvass Mark Connelly, Consumers Union
AHAM ANSI Canvass James R Nanni,Consumers Union
AHAM test procedures JoAnn Emmel, Virginia Tech
ALI ASC 14, ladder safety Thomas Caton, CPSC (observer)
ASTM F15.22 on Toy Safety Nancy A Cowles, Kids In Danger
ASTM F15.22 on Toy Safety Rachel M. Weintraub, Consumer Federation Of America
ASTM F15.22 on Toy Safety Joan Muratore, Consumer Reports
CSA America, Inc. Z21/83 performance of gas appliances JoAnn Emmel, Virginia Tech and American Assn. of Family and Consumer Sciences
CSA America Inc. Pipe Joint Compound TC JoAnn Emmel, Virginia Tech
FY 09 Voluntary Standards Activities Annual Report U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) experts
NEMA ASC C18, Portable Cells and Batteries and subcommittees Doug Lee, CPSC
NFPA TCs on residential sprinkler systems; means of egress; chimneys, etc. US CPSC, Easter Seals and US Access Board reps among others
UL STPs on household appliances; smoke detectors and alarms, etc. Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, VA Tech reps among others


Consumer representation for other types of consultation:

Standards Action, a weekly publication, serves as ANSI’s primary mechanism for inviting public review of proposed standards and procedural changes. It includes notices of proposals for new American National Standards; proposals to revise, reaffirm or withdraw existing American National Standards; and final actions on the approval of American National Standards. It also includes notices announcing the application for accreditation or re-accreditation of a standards developer.

ANSI procedural changes are also announced for public review in Standards Action, as are Draft International Standards; invitations to comment on proposed new fields of ISO technical activity; notices regarding the acceptance, transfer or relinquishment of international secretariats; notices regarding the formation and termination of U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs a/k/a mirror committees), and assignment of the U.S. TAG Administrator.

ANSI’s procedures require that prompt consideration be given to the written views and objections of all participants, including those responding to public comment listings in Standards Action.


Tools to support consumer participation in policy and technical work:

  • Financial support
  • Training
  • Education materials
  • Logistical support

Established under the ANSI By-laws, the ANSI Consumer Interest Forum (CIF) works to promote the education of consumers regarding the activities of ANSI and the standards development community, and to facilitate the representation of consumer interests in voluntary standards and conformity assessment activities. Participation generally is open to any consumer representative who is willing to actively participate, including non-ANSI members. The CIF typically meets three times a year. ANSI provides staff support and meeting space. The CIF also serves as the U.S. “mirror committee” to ISO COPOLCO and CIF members and staff participate actively in COPOLCO. One of the CIF meetings is devoted to preparing ANSI’s delegation for the annual COPOLCO plenary meeting. The U.S. National Committee of IEC also has adopted a strategic objective to build strong consumer involvement and active participation at the management and technical levels of IEC and USNC and efforts are underway to implement that.

ANSI provides financial support to facilitate the participation of consumer representatives in standardization. This includes reimbursement of travel expenses incurred in connection with attending ANSI governance meetings or when attending meetings as an authorized ANSI delegate. The program has been successful in enabling consumer representatives employed by or affiliated with prominent consumer organizations to participate on the ANSI Board and in the Institute’s governance activities, as well as in ISO COPOLCO related activities. ANSI also has a deeply discounted full organizational membership fee for consumer organizations. Some ANSI accredited standards developers also provide financial and logistical support as well as training and educational materials to facilitate consumer involvement in standards development.

ANSI maintains on its website a library of speeches & presentations that includes a number of presentations to consumer organizations describing how to participate in standardization. A section of our website on consumer affairs includes general information about standards and consumer involvement in standardization, ANSI’s Consumer Interest Forum, ISO COPOLCO and links to government and consumer resources. Our e-learning portal provides free, easy-to-use, self-paced educational tools for anyone who wants or needs an introduction to standards and conformity assessment activities. It also includes a link to ANSI’s education and training services, standardization case studies and the standards education database – a one-stop shop for online education and distance-learning resources provided by ANSI-accredited standards developers, members and other academic institutions. The media tips and case studies section of ANSI’s website is designed for journalists, consumers and educators/students and uses non-technical language to illustrate standards in daily life.


Information on consumer-oriented standards, legislation and related issues:

  • Training curricula
    Safer Homes Through Consumer Involvement in Standardization (October 2008, HERA) (link)
    Opportunities for Consumers to Participate in ANSI Policy-Setting: Virtual Workshop (September 2004) (link)
    Standardization Fundamentals: The Principles and the Players (September 2003, ISO COPOLCO) (link)
    American National Standards - Bringing Safer Products to the Consumer (June 2003, NACAA) (link)
    ANSI's E-Learning Portal Website (link)
    Involving Consumers in Standardization (January 2010) (link)
    Interactive Exercise in “Writing” a Safety Standard (ICPHSO, May 2006) (link)
    Safety and Health in the Home: Helping Students Understand the Role of Standards (June 2006, AAFCS) (link)
  • Web sites
    Consumer Affairs Section of ANSI Website (link)
    Media Tips and Case Studies Section of ANSI Website (link)
    Library of Speeches & Presentations Section of ANSI Website (link)
  • Speeches
    Addressing the Consumer Interest in Standardization and Standards Education (October 2005, AHEE) (link)
    Voluntary Safety Standards: In the Public Interest? (March 2004, CFA) (link)
  • Presentations
    Educating the Public on Standards Participation (April 2004, ACCI) (link)
    New Standards Initiatives from ISO COPOLCO (ICPHSO, February 2007) (link)