On Dec. 8, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) dismissed an appeal filed by the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA) in regards to the ANSI Board of Standards Review’s decision to approve ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tour Standards as an American National Standard (ANS).
The ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standard received approval on Jan. 11, 2016, as an approved ANS. PRCA, developer of the ANSI/PRCA ANS 1.0-.3-2014 ANS, filed an appeal with ANSI to have the approval of ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 withdrawn. In August, the Board of Standards found that “PRCA had not provided sufficient or compelling evidence to warrant the withdrawal of approval of ACCT 03-2016 as an American National Standard.”
On Sept. 29, 2016, PRCA filed an appeal of the BSR decision with the ANSI Appeals Board. The Appeals Board is the final level of appeal within the American National Standards Institute. The appeal puts the burden on the appellant to establish a prima facie case that the decision under appeal was clearly erroneous.
The ANSI Appeals Board determined “based on the record before it, that the appellant (PRCA) has not established such a prima facie case. Accordingly, the appeal is dismissed and a hearing will not be held.” This decision completes the appeals process.