Structure and Management
Comprised of nearly 1,000 businesses, professional societies and trade
associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor
organizations, ANSI represents the diverse interests of more than 120,000
entities and 3.2 million professionals worldwide.
The ANSI Member Forums represent the voice of their respective membership
segments in the Institute, providing a venue for dialogue on global standards
and conformity assessment issues and a unique opportunity to network with
representatives of other ANSI members.
Member Forum (CMF)
The CMF provides a venue for ANSI members representing the broad spectrum of
U.S. industry to discuss national, regional and global standards and conformity
assessment issues and collectively shape and influence U.S. policy in the
domestic and international arena.
Member Forum (GMF)
The GMF provides a forum for government executives at all levels to discuss
standards and conformity assessment issues as they relate to government
agencies and their missions and objectives.
Member Forum (OMF)
The OMF provides a forum for U.S. professional societies, trade associations,
standards developers and academia to come together to discuss national and
international standards and conformity assessment issues of interest.
Consumer Interest Forum (CIF)
The CIF promotes the education of consumers regarding the activities of ANSI
and the standards development community and facilitates the representation of
consumer interests in voluntary standards and conformity assessment activities.
The Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 40 representatives of the
ANSI membership and is responsible for governance oversight of the issues,
properties and affairs of the Institute.
The Board Officers comprise the current chair of the board, the immediate
past chair, the vice-chair, and the ANSI president and CEO.
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The Executive Committee has the power to act for the Board of Directors between
meetings of the Board to the fullest extent permitted by law, and the Executive
Committee shall present a report on any such actions to the Board.
The Finance Committee maintains a continuing review of the financial affairs of
the Institute and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors
or to the Executive Committee of the Board.
The main duty of the Audit Committee is to maintain a continuing review of the
internal controls and audit affairs of the Institute. Using this information,
it is the committee’s duty to make appropriate recommendations to the Board or
the Executive Committee regarding internal control and audit matters.
Comprised of a diverse cross-section of Board representatives, the NC
oversees the nomination of ANSI members for seats on the ANSI Board of
Directors, as well as candidates for chair and vice-chair positions.
|Institute Policy Committees and Councils
All ANSI members have the opportunity to participate in the policy-setting
committees and councils established to provide the strategic direction for
defined program areas.
The NPC is responsible for broad-based policy and position decisions regarding
national standards development process issues, government relations and public
Reporting to the NPC are the following program oversight committees:
Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC)
The CAPC is responsible for broad-based policy and position decisions on
national, regional and international conformity assessment issues This includes
receiving policy recommendations from ACC, PCAC and ACAC committees.
Reporting to the CAPC are the following program oversight committees:
Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC)
The IPRPC is responsible for broad-based policy and position decisions
regarding national, regional and international intellectual property matters,
including the global trade and public policy aspects of such matters. It also
develops Institute positions on the incorporation of essential patents or other
proprietary intellectual property in standards, copyright protection and the
exploitation of copyright.
Policy Committee (IPC)
The IPC is responsible for broad-based policy and position decisions on
international and regional standards, public policy and related issues that are
not exclusively related to either ISO or IEC
Reporting to the IPC are the following regional standing committees:
States National Committee (USNC) IEC Council
The USNC IEC Council coordinates the U.S. involvement in the International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and other electrotechnical bodies associated
with the IEC. It also coordinates USNC activities with appropriate standards
boards to promote consistency between those international and national
activities that fall within the scope of the IEC.
Reporting to the USNC IEC Council is the following program oversight committee:
ANSI ISO Council
The AIC is responsible for developing ANSI policy positions on issues exclusive
to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as
preparing ANSI delegations to the ISO General Assembly, ISO Council and ISO
Technical Management Board (ISO/TMB).
Reporting to the AIC is the following program oversight committee:
|Institute Program Oversight and Standing Committees
Each Institute Program Oversight and Standing Committee is responsible for the
operational aspects of a particular ANSI program or service and reports to one
of the Institute Policy Committees or Councils described above.
Gas Validation/Verification Body Accreditation Committee (GVAC)
The Greenhouse Gas Validation / Verification Body Accreditation Committee is
responsible for the operational aspects of ANSI’s Greenhouse Gas
Validation/Verification Accreditation program and related activities except as
provided in the ANSI Bylaws or in procedures approved by the ANSI Conformity
Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC) and the ANSI Board of Directors.
Accreditation Program Accreditation Committee (CAPAC)
Standards Council (ExSC)
The ExSC is responsible for the procedures and criteria for national and
international standards development activities of the Institute, and accredits
national standards developers and U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO.
The ANSI ExSC hears appeals related to its areas of responsibility. The ExSC
reports to the National Policy Committee.
Standards Review (BSR)
The BSR is responsible for the approval and withdrawal of American National
Standards, and for hearing appeals of its decisions. The BSR reports to the
National Policy Committee.
Accreditation Committee for Product Certifiers (ACC)
The ACC is responsible for the operational aspects of the ANSI Accreditation
program for certification programs, including program development and
evaluation. The ACC reports to the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee.
The Appeals Board considers appeals by directly and materially affected persons
(organizations, companies, government agencies, individual, etc.) who believe
they have been, or will be, adversely affected by a decision of ANSI, whether
in the form of action or inaction. The Appeals Board is the final level of
appeal at ANSI. The Appeals Board reports to the National Policy Committee.
Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC)
The PCAC is responsible for accrediting personnel certification bodies in
accordance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 and IAF Guidance. Responsibilities include
recommending policies to CAPC, creating procedures to support the approved
policies, receiving recommendations for accreditation from ANSI approved
assessors and hearing first level appeals regarding accreditation decisions
and/or complaints regarding a certification body. The PCAC reports to the
Conformity Assessment Policy Committee.
ANSI-CFP Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (ACAC)
The ACAC is an accreditation committee that was created to support a specific
program regarding accrediting certification bodies that Certify Food Safety
Managers. It is a partnership between the Conference for Food Protection and
the American National Standards Institute. The ACAC reports to the Conformity
Assessment Policy Committee.
International Conformity Assessment Committee (ICAC)
The ICAC is the U.S. interface to the ISO Council Committee on Conformity
Assessment (ISO CASCO), the international group responsible for standards and
guides related to the effective operation of conformity assessment bodies and
activities. The ICAC reports to the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee.
on Education (COE)
The COE is responsible for all Institute initiatives related to standards and
conformity assessment education and outreach, as well as fulfilling the
objectives of the United States Standards Strategy. The COE reports to the
National Policy Committee.
ISO Forum (AIF)
The AIF is responsible for formulating ANSI positions on technical coordination
and procedural issues of the ISO Technical Management Board. The AIF reports to
the ANSI ISO Council.
Regional Standing Committees (RSC)
The three Regional Standing Committees are venues for the participation of ANSI
members in policy position development regarding standards and conformity
assessment activities in regional standards bodies. The RSCs report to the
International Policy Committee.
Asia Pacific (RSC-AP)
The RSC-AP was created to broaden the participation of ANSI in the development
of policy positions regarding regional standards and conformity assessment
activities relating to the Asia Pacific region
Europe, Middle East, Africa (RSC-EMEA)
The RSC-EMEA was created in an effort to broaden the participation of ANSI in
the development of policy positions regarding regional standards and conformity
assessment activities relating to the European, Middle Eastern and African
The Americas (RSC-A)
The RSC-A was created in an effort to broaden the participation of ANSI in the
development of policy positions regarding regional standards and conformity
assessment activities on matters relating to the Americas.
Management Committee (TMC) of the USNC
The main focus of the TMC is to manage the technical work of the USNC and to
represent the interests of the U.S. at the Standardization Management Board
(SMB) level in IEC. The TMC reports to the U.S. National Committee of the IEC.
|Standards Panels and Collaboratives
A Standards Panel addresses the standards development needs and coordination
issues of a particular industry sector. Standards Panels may be comprised of
ANSI members and also ANSI non-members.
ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC)
The ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC) is a forum for information sharing and coordination on voluntary standards,
conformity assessment and related activities for smart and sustainable cities in the U.S. and abroad.
ANSI Homeland Defense and Security
Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC)
The mission of the HDSSC is to identify existing consensus
standards, or, if none exists, assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate development and adoption
of consensus standards critical to homeland security.
Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP)
The ANSI-NSP serves as the cross-sector coordinating body for the purposes of
developing standards in the area of nanotechnology including, but not limited
to, nomenclature/terminology; materials properties; and testing, measurement
and characterization procedures.
Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC)
The NESCC is a joint initiative of the American National Standards Institute
and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to identify and
respond to the current needs of the nuclear industry.
Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP)
The ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) is a cross-sector coordinating body whose objective is to foster coordination
and collaboration on standardization matters among public and private sector stakeholders to enable the safe, mass deployment of
electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States with international coordination, adaptability, and engagement.
ANSI Network on Chemical Regulation
The ANSI Network on Chemical Regulation (Network) is an issue-driven forum
established to enable U.S. manufacturers and other stakeholders to speak with
one voice when addressing domestic, regional, foreign and global chemical
ID Theft Prevention and ID Management Standards
The Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) is
a cross-sector coordinating body whose objective is to facilitate the timely
development, promulgation and use of voluntary consensus standards and
guidelines that will equip and assist the private sector, government and
consumers in minimizing the scope and scale of identity theft and fraud.
ANSI Biofuels Standards Coordination Panel
The ANSI Biofuels Standards Coordination Panel (ANSI-BSP) is a cross-sector
coordinating body established to promote the development and compatibility of
voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment programs necessary to
support the large-scale commoditization of biofuels.
Healthcare Information Technology
Standards Panel (HITSP)
The HITSP will assist in achieving widely accepted and readily-implemented
consensus-based standards that will enable and support widespread
interoperability among healthcare information technology, especially as they
would interact in a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) for the United