American National Standards Institute

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI /ˈænsi/ AN-see) is a private nonprofit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States.[3] The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so that American products can be used worldwide.

American National Standards Institute
FormationOctober 19, 1918 (104 years ago) (1918-10-19)[1]
TypeNonprofit organization
Legal status501(c)(3) private
PurposeNational standards
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.
38°54′14″N 77°02′35″W
125,000 companies and 3.5 million professionals[2]
Official language
President and CEO
Joe Bhatia

ANSI accredits standards that are developed by representatives of other standards organizations, government agencies, consumer groups, companies, and others. These standards ensure that the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, that people use the same definitions and terms, and that products are tested the same way. ANSI also accredits organizations that carry out product or personnel certification in accordance with requirements defined in international standards.[4]

The organization's headquarters are in Washington, D.C. ANSI's operations office is located in New York City. The ANSI annual operating budget is funded by the sale of publications, membership dues and fees, accreditation services, fee-based programs, and international standards programs.

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