ICC CEO Sims: ANSI Is “Highest Possible Standard” for Approvals

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineApril 29, 2019
by SBCA Staff with contributions by SBCA Professional Engineers


In an April 15, 2019 article, the International Code Council had the following to say about American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation:

Certified Once
Accepted Everywhere

“Recognized across borders, ANSI accreditation is critical to public health, national security, safety and the environment. While certification agencies are not mandated to receive ANSI accreditation, accreditation by ANSI under its consensus and due process-based system provides certification organizations with an exemplary level of integrity, distinction and trust.”

As the only accreditor for standards as American National Standards, ANSI accreditation is important to the ICC and its certifications because government entities look to ANSI to provide accreditation programs that improve industry practices and distinguish quality certification programs. The ANSI accreditation programs are cited as tools to make certification programs more reliable and rigorous and aid in the development of effective credentialing in the U.S. The Code Council benefits from the ANSI accredited certification because it signals that you have undergone a valid assessment to verify that you have the necessary competencies. Receiving an ANSI accredited certification shows that you are not about just meeting a standard, but about going beyond to pursue excellence.

“The ANSI accreditation reflects the Code Council’s commitment to pursue the highest possible standard,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “This mark of distinction demonstrates the Code Council has the necessary competencies and has undergone a rigorous accreditation process. Accredited certification programs are essential to maintaining public health and safety, which is at the core of the Code Council’s mission.”

“The Code Council is proud to receive the ANSI accreditation,” commented Code Council Board President William R. Bryant, MCP, CBO. “We provide the professional development services for the building safety industry, and this recognition is an acknowledgment of our exceptional
products and services.”

“ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Accreditation from ANSI is recognized globally as government bodies look to ANSI accreditation programs to distinguish among certification programs.

Government officials, such as building officials, are charged with enforcing adopted regulations. For alternative products and services a research report is typically required to be provided by approved agency. IBC Chapter 17 section 1703.1 defines approved agency requirements.

As ICC states above the ANSI mark of distinction provides building officials what they need to know to approve an ANSI accredited agency’s technical evaluation report. Why? ANSI demonstrated that each accredited agency has the necessary competencies and has undergone a rigorous accreditation process as defined in IBC chapter 17. Accordingly, the agency meets all code compliance regulations.

What is true of ANSI is also true of professional engineers through accepted engineering practice or engineered designs. Professional engineers are certified and licensed through individual state laws via a series of state legal requirements. When a seal and signature is applied, the sealing process is equivalent to or better than an ANSI certification. This is because a P.E. and their company stand behind their work.

Finally, the ANSI certification can be used to obtain product or service approval in any country that is an IAF MLA Signatory. The IAF MLA evaluation is a rigorous accreditation process that expects “certified once, accepted everywhere.” Companies can go to jurisdictions in any IAF MLA Signatory Country and be approved by authorities having jurisdiction using ANSI’s accreditation.

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