Standards Consensus and Public Review


Standards drafted by ISEA product groups become American National Standards through a consensus process that involves reviewers outside the association.  These reviewers submit comments and vote on approval of the standard; they are the final authority in determining whether a standard is submitted to ANSI for acceptance as an American National Standard.

ISEA maintains a list of reviewers, balanced by interest category, for each standard.  A reviewer may fall into one of four categories:

  • Producer - A manufacturer of the product covered by the standard or components thereof
  • User - An organization that uses, specifies or purchases the product covered by the standard
  • Government - An agency or department that has a regulatory or other interest in the product (government agencies that use the product fall under the User category)
  • General Interest - An organization that has a special interest in this standard due to safety, technical or other requirements or an individual expert with knowledge in the area(s) covered by the standard, but who neither produces nor uses products covered by the standard.

If you are interested in serving on a consensus panel for any ISEA-administered standards, contact Cristine Fargo at ISEA for details.