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1 Overview of NSF Standards Process and Joint Committee Formation Sustainable Water Contact Products Stakeholder Meeting October 30, 2012

2 Session Overview Brief Overview of NSF International ANSI and NSF Standards Development Process Formation of the Joint Committee Questions

3 NSF International: Mission “Protecting Public Health and Safety Around the World” 3  Developer of over 72 national consensus standards  Certified 250,000+ products around the globe  Serve 12,000+ companies in 100 countries including offices and labs throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America

4 U.S. Standardization System American National Standards Institute (ANSI) –A private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment systems ANSI roles –ISO member body for United States –Accreditation of Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) –Process review for voluntary standards development –Accreditation of third-party programs for product certification, personnel accreditation, etc.

5 What is a Consensus Standard? “Consensus” means substantial agreement has been reached by directly and materially affected interest categories. This signifies the concurrence of more than a simple majority, but not necessarily unanimity. Consensus requires that all views and objections be considered, and that an effort be made toward their resolution. ANSI Essential Requirements

6 ANSI Ensures Due Process Due process means that any person (individual, organization, company, etc.) with a direct and material interest has a right to participate by: –Expressing a position and its basis –Having that position considered –Having the right to appeal

7 ANSI Benchmarks for Due Process Openness Lack of Dominance Balance of interests Coordination and Harmonization Notification of standards activity Consideration of views and objections Evidence of consensus Appeals procedures Written procedures

8 ANSI-Based Consensus Process ANSI Project Initiation Notification (PINS) Development Phase (Consensus Body) Ballot and Public Comment Phase Comment Circulation and/or Reballot Reballot of Substantive Changes

9 NSF Policies Implement ANSI Due Process Requirements How NSF ensures due process in its standards development activities Operation and structure of NSF standards committees What points in the NSF process required ANSI notifications take place Numerical requirements for consensus (balloting) NSF appeals process

10 NSF Standards Credentials 60+ years developing public health and safety standards ANSI accredited standards developer and member of ANSI leadership committees ANSI Audited Designator status Currently maintain 62 American National Standards, another 10 in development

11 NSF Brings Industry, Public Sector Community, and End Users Together Federal, State, Local, Academia Food, Water, Consumer GoodsRetailers, Media, Educators, Consumer Groups End Users End Users Public Sector Industry

12 Consensus body that oversees a specific standard or set of related standards Balanced membership of external stakeholders –Public Sector/Regulatory –Producers/Manufacturers –End Users/Specifiers –Other categories as indicated by the standards project Membership is based on applicant’s experience and expertise (can include international representatives) NSF Joint Committees

13 Task Groups Formed to evaluate a specific technical issue for a Joint Committee (JC) Develop a draft standard, draft revision, or other recommendation for review by the Joint Committee Membership not limited to JC members Ad hoc or standing group

14 Determination of Consensus Straw ballots and informal comment periods Pilot projects for feasibility “Audit” readiness – objective evidence Official balloting by NSF Committees and Public Comment

15 JC Balloting Requirements Affirmative ballot of at least 2/3 of those who voted, excluding abstentions Affirmative ballots must represent at least a simple majority of the JC membership (> 50%) All negative votes or comments have been considered and have received a written response Unresolved objections have been advised of right to appeal

16 Council of Public Health Consultants NSF advisory body for standards development Elects its own membership –Regulators –Academics –Public health professionals –Other leadership in public health –No manufacturers

17 ANSI Public Review Process Concurrent with NSF development process –PINS Notification (start of project) –BSR 108 - Draft available for public comment (at JC ballot) –BSR 109 - Final version of standard approved (completion of CPHC ballot) –NSF self-designates as ANSI standard

18 Formation of the Joint Committee Applications are solicited from interested stakeholders NSF will identify candidate to assume the role of Chair –Chair must be eligible to provide liaison role to NSF Council of Public Health Consultants Chair will review applications with NSF to compile balanced committee membership Applications are maintained for future voting participation

19 JC Member Responsibilities Provide technical expertise on one or more subjects covered by a standard Participate actively by attending meetings, reviewing documents, providing comments Return ballots within prescribed deadlines Minimum 3 year commitment

20 Selection of Voting Members Individual applications in each interest category will be reviewed –Effort to achieve balance within each interest category and across the committee –Any one interest category cannot be more than 50% of the committee membership for non-safety standards –Expertise of individual applicants An organization can have only one voting member

21 Breakdown of Applicants Industry – 18 applications –Representation across DWTU, DWA, Plastics, Plumbing, RWF and WWT User – 13 applications –Consultants, certifiers, professional society Public Agency – 6 applications –Local, State, Federal government Additional outreach to public sector, academia needed

22 Ways to Participate – Observer Submittal of public comments on draft standards –Obtain copies of drafts and submit public comment for the Joint Committee’s consideration through NSF workspace at http://standards.nsf.org –ANSI Standards Action published weekly and available to view at Can attend standards committee meetings (JC or TG) as an observer

23 On-line Collaboration Tool On-line Workspace for standards and policy development –Calendar function for meetings – access to logistics and materials –View documents and ballots –Provide comments on documents and ballots –Access to NSF standards development policies and forms, reference materials, etc.

24 QUESTIONS? Thank you!

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