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As a future volunteer, membership is an important way to get involved; however, it is not required in advance of volunteering. Once selected for a committee, payment of an annual administrative fee is required for participation on CLSI committees. If you or your organization is a member of CLSI, the annual fee is included in your membership dues; no additional payment is required. More information on CLSI membership can be found here.
Member selection for a document development committee is primarily based on expertise and/or practical experience as defined in the project proposal.
The following additional criteria are considered in the member selection process:
CLSI has a volunteer reimbursement policy here.
CLSI offers voluntary consensus standards and guidelines, reports, and a number of companion products.
CLSI voluntary consensus is the agreement among materially affected, competent, and interested parties. Voluntary consensus does not always connote unanimous agreement, but it does mean that the participants have considered and resolved all relevant objections.
Following the project assessment, the completed proposal, the approved document development committee roster, and a project business plan are presented to the Consensus Council for authorization.
You can see an illustration of the full process here.
Voting can be accomplished at a committee meeting, during a conference call, or electronically via e-mail. Only CLSI delegates and alternates, and participants designed as members on document development committees, expert panels, and subcommittees are eligible to vote on a Proposed Draft document. The Consensus Council votes on the Final Draft document to ensure that the process was upheld. All other committee participants are encouraged to provide comments. In addition, CLSI welcomes comments from the public (see below for details).
Anyone is eligible to review or comment on a CLSI draft document. At specific points in the document development process, the draft is reviewed by the document development committee and the appropriate consensus committee. During the proposed draft voting period, the document is reviewed by the CLSI delegates and the Board of Directors. At this time, it is also available for public review. Requests for copies of draft documents should be submitted via email to email@example.com. All comments are addressed by the CLSI committee that developed the document. Comments may be submitted using our comment form, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to:
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Unresolved objections (ie, “reject” votes) and substantive changes after balloting are reported to the committee, and committee members have the opportunity to respond, reaffirm, or change their votes based on the stated objection(s).
Unchanged reject votes or unresolved comments are appended to the document as minority opinions, with a notification and request for user input.
The CLSI Standards Development Policies and Processes Document provides for appeal by persons or organizations that have been or will be materially or adversely affected by substantive and procedural actions or inactions with regard to the development, revision, reaffirmation, or withdrawal of a CLSI consensus document. The appeals procedures shall provide for participation by all parties concerned without imposing an undue burden on them. Consideration of appeals shall be fair and unbiased and shall fully address the concerns expressed.
These appeals procedures are consistent with the requirements of the American National Standards Institute Essential Requirements. Each objector shall be informed that an appeals process exists within the procedures used by CLSI. The burden of proof to show adverse effect shall be on the appellant.
The CLSI consensus procedure incorporates two avenues of appeal: appeal of substantive issues and appeal of procedural issues. Procedural appeals include whether a technical issue was afforded due process. Notice of this process will be incorporated in the comment/response summary published in CLSI consensus documents.
Appeal of substantive issues related to the contents of CLSI documents is incorporated in the consensus development process by requiring all relevant objections to be satisfactorily addressed by the respective committee.
Terms and definitions are fundamental parts of documents; therefore, it is necessary to standardize their use.
Toward that end, CLSI:
Yes, CLSI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.