ANS Process

APCO is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Standards Development Organization.

As an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer (ASD), APCO International is required to adhere to ANSI’s Essential Requirements for due process and has developed policies accordingly for the development and coordination of American National Standards (ANS). These procedures provide a mechanism for announcements of standards development activities, ensuring that qualified organizations develop them, harmonization if duplicate or conflicting standards exist, and that the approval of standards is coordinated. ANSI further ensures that access to the standards process – including an appeals mechanism – has been made available to anyone directly or materially affected by the activity under development and requires periodic reviews to ensure the standard is a “living” document. Adherence to these guidelines ensures APCO’s standards development process provides due process, balance, and lack of dominance, as well as provides opportunities to address all interests and work together toward a common solution.

Standards Development Committee Call for Participation

APCO International's Standards Development Committee (SDC) is seeking qualified public safety communications professionals to serve on sub-committees and workgroups. Public safety communications professionals interested in participating in APCO International's standards development activities, please complete the sub-committees form or contact APCO International's Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services Department at standards@apcointl.org or call (920) 579-1153.