ANSI plays an important role in developing voluntary, national consensus standards. According to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-119¹, federal government agencies are required to use voluntary standards for regulatory and procurement purposes when appropriate. American National Standards are recognized by regulators and industry alike.
ANSI has served as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 100 years. Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, ANSI remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations.
- 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 a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation.
- ANSI continues to work with over 60 scheme owners globally in wide range of sectors.
- More than 11,000 American National Standards have been developed across many industries.
- ANSI accredits close to 250 standards development organizations (SDOs), including NSF International, UL and ASTM.