3-A Working Groups

The Working Groups (WGs) are the backbone of the 3-A SSI consensus document development process. The bulk of the standards development work is carried out by the 14 WGs, consisting of experts representing  fabricators of related types of equipment, systems, and materials and representatives of the  users and sanitarian stakeholder groups.


The majority of the Work Group business is handled via conference calls. Meetings are usually a combination of one or more of the following topics:

  •      Discussion of the need for a new standard
  •      Discussion of potential revision(s) to existing standards
  •      Discussion of comments or negative votes received during balloting
  •      Drafting/writing the sections of an actual document
Developing 3-A Standards and Practices Video

Get Involved!

The sharing of expertise in a WG meeting is critical to the 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practice development process and will expand your knowledge, provide a forum for your voice to be heard, and help establish relationships with colleagues throughout your industry.

To participate in a WG, download and complete the Work Group Sign-up Form and return to  Eric H. Schweitzer . To view the current WG rosters  click here.

Status of 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices Activities Now in Progress

Download a comprehensive Work-in-Progress Status Report Chart on all work now in progress. The status chart is updated on a frequent basis. For more details on work in progress, contact the Working Group chair or 3-A SSI.

3-A SSI Standards & Accepted Practices Project Proposal Form

https://www.3-a.org/Portals/93/Documents/Project Request Form.pdf?ver=WI23Fg-pAzWaL23sC_p1AA%3d%3d


Click for the Work Group calendar of meetings and events.

3-A SSI Procedures

For candidate American National Standards , 3-A SSI follows  Operating Procedures for the Development of American National Standards by 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc.

For documents that do not hold the designation of American National Standard, 3-A SSI follows  'Procedures for the Development and Maintenance of 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices’

These Procedures provide a complete description of the role and the function of the 3-A Steering Committee and the Working Groups.

To provide further support for volunteers, 3-A SSI also provides important reference information in this Guidance Document for the Development of 3-A Sanitary Standards and Accepted Practices with Text for Criteria.