OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (January 2020) ― NOCSAE, which celebrates its semicentennial this year, started the year 2020 as a newly Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
After an extensive review process, ANSI approved the NOCSAE standards development procedures and process, and on Dec. 30, 2019, recognized NOCSAE as an accredited standards developer. NOCSAE performance and test standards for athletic equipment are some of the most demanding athletic equipment standards in the world and are incorporated by the vast majority of athletic governing bodies.
ANSI accreditation is the culmination of six years of work by NOCSAE to engage stakeholders, refine existing standards adoption protocols and meet ANSI accreditation requirements for open participation, due process, balance and prevention of non-dominance by any single interest group. ANSI accreditation will provide NOCSAE with the opportunity to submit its standards for acceptance as American National Standards on the national and international stage, and reinforces NOCSAE’s ongoing commitment to fair and balanced athletic equipment performance standards.
“NOCSAE is proud to have received official ANSI accreditation in recognition of a continued, long-standing commitment to open standards development and practices,” said NOCSAE Executive Director and General Counsel Mike Oliver. “Standards play an essential role in addressing athletic safety concerns and they will continue to be vital as technological advances increase the options for preventing and reducing the severity of sports injuries. For 50 years, NOCSAE has been at the forefront of this work, and will continue to advance our core mission, which is the safety and protection of athletes.”
(ANSI) is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Through its members, staff, constituents, partners and advocates, ANSI responds directly to the standardization and conformity assessment interests and needs of consumers, government, companies and organizations. ANSI coordinates the U.S. voluntary consensus standards system, providing a neutral forum for the development of policies on standards issues and serves as a watchdog for standards development and conformity assessment programs and processes. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The ANSI process ensures that all interested and affected parties have an opportunity to participate in a standard’s development. It also serves and protects the public interest since standards developers accredited by ANSI must meet the Institute’s requirements for openness, balance, consensus and other due process safeguards. For more information, visit www.ansi.org.