A standard developed through the cooperation of all parties who have an interest in participating in its development and/or use.
Consensus requires that all views and objections be considered, including feasibility, and that an effort be made toward their resolution. Consensus implies more than the concept of a simple majority, but not necessarily unanimity. Consensus standards should be viewed as minimum acceptable standards, not an ideal or maximum target objective.
- American National Standards Institute ANSI “”Standards Management: A Handbook for Profit””