What does ANSI stand for?

ANSI is the acronym for the American National Standards Institute. It is a private not for profit organization that administers the development of voluntary consensus standards for processes, systems, personnel and products and services in the United States.

The organization also manages international standards with US standards so as to create an avenue wherein American based products can be utilized worldwide. For instance, people who own cameras are able to find the required film they need for their specific camera any where in the world and this is because there is a set standard that stipulates it.

ANSI certifies standards that are developed by representatives of standards government agencies, companies, developing organizations, consumer groups and others. Such standards guarantee that the performance and characteristics of products are dependable, that products are tested in the same manner and that people utilize the same terms and definitions. Organizations that carry out personnel or product certification in agreement with the necessary prerequisites that are characterized by international standards are also certified by ANSI.

ANSI’s operations office is situated in New York City while the organization’s headquarters is located in Washington DC.

1918 was the original date of ANSI’s formation as soon as three government agencies and five engineering societies founded the American Engineering Standards Committee (AESC). AESC became the American Standards Association (ASA) in 1928. ASA became the United States of America Standards Institute (USASI) when it was restructured in 1966. In 1969 the current name was adopted.

Albeit ANSI does not develop standards of itself, the Institute however, administers the use and development of standards by certifying the standard procedures for developing organizations. ANSI’s certification indicates that the modus operandi or processes used by standards developing organizations meet the Institute’s conditions for consensus, balance, due process and openness.

Specific standards are also designated as American National Standards (ANS) by ANSI. This occurs when the Institute establishes that the standards were created in an equitable, accessible setting that is receptive to the requirements of the diverse stakeholders.

There are deliberate and controlled standards that are agreed on to hasten the market reception of products while at the same time provide clarity on the measure of safety for said products so that the consumer is protected. Presently there are about 9,500 American National Standards that carry the ANSI label.

The following are processes for the American National Standards

  • Availability of an appeal by any participant alleging that these principles were not respected during the standards-development process
  • Consensus by a group that is open to representatives from all interested parties
  • Consideration of and response to comments
  • Broad-based public review and comment on draft standards
  • Incorporation of submitted changes that meet the same consensus requirements into a draft standard

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