US TAG to TC 176
Each country that has membership in ISO is represented by a national organization called a “member body”. Each member body has a mechanism for identifying issues and developing national consensus regarding the work items of each ISO Technical Committee in which the country is a participating member. In the US, we call this mechanism the ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG to ISO TC 176, but it may be referred to by other countries as the US national committee. TAGs are accredited by ANSI, and must follow ANSI procedures, including the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities.
For each country, the primary purpose of the TAG (or national committee) is to develop and transmit to ISO, via their country’s national standards organization, their country’s position on activities and ballots of TC 176. TAG (or national committee) delegates are actively involved in the international negotiation and preparation of international standards.
In the U.S. the TAG to ISO/TC 176 develops the U.S. positions on international standardization activities of TC 176 on quality management and quality assurance and administers ballots associated with ISO Technical Committee 176. Delegates selected by the TAG actively participate in all activities of ISO/TC 176 including the development of ISO standards in quality terminology, quality systems, and quality technology. Participation in the TAG to ISO/TC 176 provides an opportunity for representatives of all affected U.S. constituencies (industry, commerce, education, et al) to influence the development of international quality standards which have become a foundation of international trade.
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