enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S.
quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus
standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates development
and use of voluntary consensus standards in the United States and
represents the needs and views of U.S. stakeholders in standardization
forums around the globe.
The Institute oversees creation,
promulgation and use of thousands of international norms and guidelines
that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from
acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock
production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is actively
engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards -
including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000
(quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.
ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS) by
accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations
(SDOs). These groups work cooperatively to develop voluntary national
consensus standards. Accreditation by ANSI signifies that the procedures
used by the standards body in connection with the development of
American National Standards meet the Institute's essential requirements
for openness, balance, consensus and due process.
ANSI is the
official U.S. representative to the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI is also a member
of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
the Institute is the U.S. member of the Pacific Area Standards Congress
(PASC) and the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT). ANSI is also a
member of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and via the
ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a member of the Inter
American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).