The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the relaunch of its electronic Standards Store (eSS) (webstore.ansi.org), a website for the purchase and download of U.S. and other national, regional or international standards. The eSS boasts a new technological infrastructure, a dynamic user interface, and data enhancements that provide more robust search results for the site’s standards, guidance documents, and regulatory and legislative content.
Improved document search and browse options empower the user to easily navigate within the collections of more than 125 individual publishers or within a compilation of frequently requested standards and technical documents. Collections include standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung), as well as ANSI-accredited standards developers such as ASTM International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
A site redesign makes it easier for users of the eSS to find and purchase individual standards or to choose pre-assembled packages that have been defined based on purchase history, industry-sector trends and emerging issues. Product profiles for select collections now include detailed abstracts and table of contents; many also contain a list of normative references, i.e., documents that are required for successful implementation of a standard. An alerting feature notifies registered users when selected standards have been revised or amended.
Partnerships with other service providers provide one-stop access to standards-related content, including the U.S. state and federal or foreign regulations that are needed by regulatory and compliance professionals. A foreign currency converter makes it easier for non-U.S. based customers to budget and track their online purchases.
“Our redesign of the electronic Standards Store has focused on ways to save our customers time and money,” explained Bob Feghali, ANSI vice president of business development and chief information officer. “The Institute has worked to improve speed and usability of the eSS, and to make it easier for our clients to access the most current and relevant standards. Site licenses and subscriptions allow customers to download licensed content for multiple users. Another new product allows regulatory and compliance professionals to collaborate on U.S., state, federal and, in time, foreign laws and rules.”
The American National Standards Institute is a private, nonprofit organization that oversees the standards and conformity assessment system in the United States, and represents the needs and views of U.S. stakeholders in standardization forums around the globe. As the voice of the U.S. standardization system, the Institute empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.
The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from manufacturing and construction to agriculture, food service, software engineering, and more. ANSI provides the forum through which all affected stakeholders may cooperate in establishing, improving and recognizing consensus-based standards and certification programs that are dynamically responsive to national needs.
The Institute’s membership comprises government agencies, organizations, corporations, academic and international bodies, and individuals. In total, the Institute represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and 3.5 million professionals.
Further information about the American National Standards Institute is available at www.ansi.org.