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APCO International


APCO Standards Overview

As an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developer (ASD), APCO International is dedicated to ensuring public safety communications has a role in the development of standards that affect our industry. APCO’s standards development activities have a broad scope, ranging from the actual development of standards to the representation of public safety communications in other standards development areas.


How to Participate

As an ANSI requirement, involvement in APCO Standards Development is open to anyone.  One way to participate is to review and comment on future standards during the public review process.  During this 45-day period, comments on proposed standards are received from any interested person.  All comments are considered by the standards writing group.

Additionally, you may apply to be part of the Standards Development Committee, one of its sub-committees or a specific workgroup.

APCO International's Standards Development Committee (SDC) continuously accepts applications from qualified public safety communications professionals to serve on these groups.  Participation is based on need for particular interest categories, which are users of public safety equipment and processes, producers of public safety equipment and processes, and those who have a general interest in public safety standards, such as academia, consultants, and other governmental agencies. If you are interested in participation in the APCO Standards Development process, please complete the Standards Development Committee Application.

For more information on APCO International’s standards development activities contact the Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services Department staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (920) 579-1153.

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