The “ANSI Essential Requirements” provides three options for the maintenance of American National Standards (ANS): periodic maintenance, continuous maintenance and stabilized maintenance (See clause 4.7 www.ansi.org/essentialrequirements) .
Continuous maintenance is defined as follows:
The standard shall be maintained by an accredited standards developer. A documented program for periodic publication of revisions shall be established by the standards developer. Processing of these revisions shall be in accordance with these procedures. The published standard shall include a clear statement of the intent to consider requests for change and information on the submittal of such requests. Procedures shall be established for timely, documented consensus action on each request for change and no portion of the standard shall be excluded from the revision process. In the event that no revisions are issued for a period of four years, action to reaffirm or withdraw the standard shall be taken in accordance with the procedures set-forth in the ANSI Essential Requirements.
In addition, the ANSI Essential Requirements provides for the following:
A PINS is not required for revisions of an American National Standard that is maintained under continuous maintenance and (1) is registered as such on the ANSI website, (2) has a notice in the standard that the standard is always open for comment and how to submit comments, and (3) has information on the developer’s website that the standard is under continuous maintenance and how to submit comments.
These ANSI-accredited standards developers maintain some or all of their American National Standards using Continuous Maintenance:
- AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)
- AAMVA (American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators)
- AARST (The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards)
- IESNA (The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America)
- MHI (ASC MH10) (Material Handling Industry)
- NAHBRC (NAHB Research Center, Inc.)
- NBBPVI (National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors)
- NCPDP (National Council for Prescription Drug Programs)
- NISO (National Information Standards Organization)
- NSF (NSF International)
- PRCA (Professional Ropes Course Association)
- RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network)
- TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
- TCNA (Tile Council of North America)
- UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.)
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Standards Registered Under Continuous Maintenance:
(No standards are listed Under Continuous Maintenance at this time) This standard is maintained under continuous maintenance procedures. AAMI has created a notification registry that will send e-mail announcements when any maintenance activity occurs to the recommended practice.
Comments or proposals for revisions to any part of the standard may be submitted to AAMI any time.
Written comments are to be sent to: Standards Dept., AAMI, 1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 220, Arlington, VA 22201-4795. Comments may also be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following person may be contacted by those interested in submitting changes:
Joseph C. Lewelling
Solicit requests for change from committee and public. Allow at least two months to submit. Also solicit new committee members.
By end of March (year +1)
Deadline for requests for change.
First meeting (year +1) (usually April)
Review new requests for change including any deferred from previous review cycles and agree on which to propose (with or without change) for formal ballot and public review, which to reject and which to defer to the next review cycle.
By mid-July (year +1)
Document first meeting results and put proposals for change on 6-week ballot and public review.
By end of August (year +1)
Ballot and public review over.
Second meeting (year +1) (usually November)
Review ballot and public review results and respond to comments. If needed and as time permits, begin working on any deferred requests for following year’s revision cycle.
*For the first revision cycle, the request for changes will need to start later than indicated in this schedule (and other dates adjusted as needed)
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
Continuous Maintenance language applicable to all eligible standards: Revisions to the dictionary follow procedures established by ANSI to promote the development of voluntary standards through consensus. Suggestions for the improvement of the Data Element Dictionary are welcome. They should be sent to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22203.
Standards Maintained Under Continuous Maintenance:
ANSI D20-1998, Data Element Dictionary for Traffic Records Systems
How to Submit a Proposed Change to an AAMVA Standard Under Continuous Maintenance: Requests for change regarding the D20 standard will be acted upon immediately with a response and/or meeting with the requester.
4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22203
Tel: (703) 522-4200 or
Fax: (703) 908-2868
E-Mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org www.aamva.org
The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards (AARST)
hereby informs ANSI that the approved American National Standard(s) listed below shall be maintained using the Continuous Maintenance option. Additional standards may be identified and added to this list in the future, however, if the procedures used to maintain them vary from those included in this submittal, an additional Continuous Maintenance Registration from will be submitted to PSA/ANSI.
List of AARST Standards under continuous maintenance as of 4/11/2017:
MAH 2014 Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products in Homes
MAMF 2017 Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products in Multifamily Buildings