Documents & Forms


The ASB has some documents that help explain our purpose and way that we operate. In addition there are some documents that detail the requirements that we must follow to retain our accreditation.

ASB follows the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements for Standards Developing Organizations called, ANSI Essential Requirements.
One key feature requirement of ANSI is outlined in ANSI’s Patent Policy Guidelines

In addition, ASB developed its own procedures: ASB Procedures (updated, 10/24/2017)

The ASB Operating Agreement can be found here.

To start a new project (developing a standard, technical report or best practice guideline), a form is completed either by the Consensus Body or an outside organization or individual: Download and fill out the ASB New Work Proposal Form and return it to asb@aafs.org

A document shall be written according to the ASB Manual for Standards, Best Practice Recommendations, and Technical Reports (UPDATED MARCH 2018)

The process of the submittal, development, review, and publication of an ASB document can be viewed in this flow chart.

A template for comments to documents posted for ballot can be downloaded here.


On January 11, 2018, the ASB Secretariat and Communications Liaison gave an online presentation to the AAFS Standards Board general membership outlining the history, structure, and processes of the ASB. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.


The ASB Secretariat has participated in a Webinar hosted by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) about SDOs.
The slide show and a summary document prepared for OSAC are available here.


Additional presentations and documents will be posted on this website as they become available.