Federal, state, and local authorities rely on ANSI accreditation to demonstrate value and assure competency for important public priorities. Numerous conformity
assessment scheme owners, notably in the food safety sector, rely on ANSI accreditation to foster consumer confidence. ANSI participates in international and regional
arrangements for multilateral recognition aimed at facilitating global market opportunities by building worldwide reliability of conformity assessment activities,
thus saving time and money for ANSI clients.
As a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) MLA, ANSI demonstrates ISO/IEC 17011 compliance via peer assessments, attesting to equal reliability
worldwide. ANSI is a signatory to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperative (PAC) Multilateral Recognition Arrangements for Product Certification (under ISO/IEC 17065),
Greenhouse Gas Validation/Verification (under ISO 14065), and Personnel Certification (under ISO/IEC 17024).
The U.S. government is increasingly relying on ANSI accreditation for the verification of the quality of certification programs. In view of the numerous certification
programs and the necessity to assist the consumer in making informed decisions, government entities look to ANSI to provide accreditation programs that improve industry
practices and distinguish quality certification programs.
Telecommunications and Radio Equipment
The U.S. federal government, through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) relies on ANSI to accredit telecommunication certification
bodies under a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to enforce rules for the manufacture of telecommunications and radio equipment used in the U.S. and abroad. In addition
to this arrangement with the FCC, ANSI is the accreditor for several other governmental agencies involved in certifying telecommunications equipment including Industry Canada (IC),
Singapore IDA, Hong Kong, and Japan.
ANSI is also recognized by NIST/NVCASE as an Accreditation Body in accordance with Section 10 of the NIST Requirements & Application for U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies Seeking Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU Notified Body Status and the NIST Requirements & Application for U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies Seeking EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU Notified Body Status.
EPA Energy Star ®
The EPA Energy Star® Program helps Americans save energy and money, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. It has grown to encompass products in more
than 60 categories and is used by millions of Americans in selecting products. To ensure that Energy Star® remains a trusted symbol for environmental protection through superior
efficiency, EPA and DOE collaborated to develop enhancements for product qualification and verification.
These enhancements include: third-party qualification prior to labeling, laboratory qualification, and comprehensive verification testing. ANSI is recognized by the EPA Energy Star®
Program to evaluate the competency of product certification bodies in each of the designated product categories, an integral part of the Energy Star® Program.
WaterSense is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing
the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. To ensure the WaterSense program's integrity and sustainability and also to ensure consumer confidence in the products
that bear the WaterSense label, ANSI has been recognized as an accreditor of the WaterSense Program. Through partnerships with irrigation professionals and irrigation
certification programs and manufacturers, retailers and distributors, and utilities, the program is designed to promote water-efficient landscape irrigation practices and to
bring WaterSense products to the marketplace and make it easy to purchase high-performing, water-efficient products.
Health Information Technology
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected ANSI as the approved accreditor for their Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program.
The HIT Certification Program seeks to enhance the certification of health information technology by bolstering the transparency, reliability, and efficiency of processes used to
certify electronic health record (EHR) technology. In this role, ANSI assesses applicant certification bodies against the requirements set forth in ISO/IEC 17065, General
requirements for bodies operating product certification systems.
Department of Defense
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the sole approved accreditor of personnel certification bodies by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its
Information Assurance (IA)
Workforce Improvement Program. ANSI’s designation as the accreditor for the program is stated in revisions to a manual issued under the authority of DoD Directive 8570.1
, Information Assurance Training, Certification, and Workforce Management
. Originally published in 2004 and revised in April 2010, the manual provides
guidance and procedures for the training, certification, and management of the DoD workforce conducting IA functions in assigned duty positions.
ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation program under ISO/IEC 17024 meets the requirements of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law on November 25, 2015.
This legislation mandates that any credentialing program used by members of the armed forces be accredited by an accreditation body that meets enumerated quality criteria.
ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation program meets these criteria, as the program operates in compliance with ISO/IEC 17011, and applies ISO/IEC 17024.
Department of Energy
ANSI accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024 for the four Home Energy Professional Certification as well as the four certifications developed to the Better Building Workforce Guidelines.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor
ANSI is an approved accreditor of crane operator certification programs by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor.
State and Local Governments
Laws in California, Illinois, Arizona, West Virginia, Texas, and New Mexico, and some local jurisdictions require food handlers in those jurisdictions have a food-handling training certificate from
an ANSI accredited certificate program, demonstrating compliance with ASTM E2659, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, an American National Standard.
Twenty-six states have adopted food protection manager certification requirements, which ANSI accredits under the Conference for Food Protection’s Standards
for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.
ANSI is a recognized accreditor by several states for crane operator certification:
- West Virginia Legislature in the Crane Operator Certification Act.
- New York City in New Licensing Requirements for Crane Operators
- Pennsylvania State Board of Crane Operators
- California Cranes and Other Hoisting Equipment Operating Rules
In the Product Certification arena under ISO/IEC 17065, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems,
ANSI certifies compliance with a number of certification schemes dedicated to food quality and safety.
Safe Quality Foods
Consumer confidence in safe quality food and the integrity of the food supply chain is enhanced by the partnership between ANSI and the
Food Marketing Institute. ANSI provides an accreditation service for FMI’s Safe Quality Food Initiative certification
The GlobalGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental
impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical toxicants, and ensuring a responsible approach to animal welfare. The GlobalGAP standard is
benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). ANSI is recognized as the accreditor of the GlobalGAP program.
British Retail Consortium
The British Retail Consortium (or BRC) is one of the leading trade associations in the United Kingdom. They represent all forms of retailers
from small, independently owned stores, to big chain stores and department stores which sell a wide selection of products. The BRC has developed a
standard to specify food safety and quality criteria required to be in place within a manufacturer’s organization to supply product to
retailers and other users.
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked and fully recognized audit scheme covering both Good Agricultural
Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) scopes, as well as Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). The approval of the PrimusGFS
scheme helps move the produce industry one step closer to the desired goal of global food safety harmonization. The PrimusGFS scheme covers
the scope of the supply chain from pre-and post-farm gate production and provides an integrated supply chain approach. The PrimusGFS is owned
and managed by Azzule Systems.
International Featured Standards (IFS)
IFS, a GFSI benchmarked Food Safety Scheme, brings a range of Food Safety, Quality and Food related standards to the North American Market. In its mission
to provide assurance that food is safe, ANSI added the IFS certification program to its list of Food Safety Accreditation Programs. IFS developed a quality
and food safety standard for retailer branded food products named IFS Food, which is intended to allow the assessment of supplier's food safety and
quality systems in accordance with a uniform approach.
CanadaGAP™ is a GFSI benchmarked Food Safety Scheme that offers certification to companies that produce and handle fruits and vegetables.
It is designed to help implement and maintain effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations. Two manuals, one specific to
Greenhouse operations, the second for other fruit and vegetable operations, have been developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for
technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The manuals are designed for companies implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
in their production, packing and storage operations, and for re-packers and wholesalers implementing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
and HACCP programs.
Global Aquaculture Alliance
GAA is a non-profit NGO that develops the Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards
and encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices. GAA also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies. To promote responsible practices across the aquaculture industry, the Global Aquaculture Alliance coordinates the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for hatcheries, farms, processing facilities and feed mills.
The BAP program drives continued improvements via high standards that deliver significant benefits industrywide. The BAP standards cover aquaculture facilities for a variety of finish and crustacean species.
Product Conformity Assessment Schemes
In the Product Certification arena under ISO/IEC 17065, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems, ANSI certifies compliance with a number of certification schemes.
At the request of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board of Directors, ANSI administers an accreditation service for certification bodies operating under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Chain of Custody (SFI CoC) and/or the PEFC Chain of Custody (PEFC CoC) programs. These initiatives positively impact a range of forest-based products and their movement from the forest to the end user.
Elevators and escalators transport a number of citizens each day making manufacturers eager to demonstrate the safety and reliability of their products. Accredited Elevator/Escalator Certification Organizations (AECOs) are accredited by ANSI to evaluate and certify elevator and escalator systems, subsystems, components, and functions against the guidelines of ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, a standard that was developed jointly by ASME and the CSA. The AECO designation demonstrates that accredited organizations are competent and capable at assessing compliance to standards that help assure the safety and reliability of elevators and escalators.
International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
Halal products and services include food and beverages, cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, apparel, logistics, finance, tourism and hospitality, and more. Halal products are in high demand by various sectors, with stakeholders ranging from consumers, traders, manufacturers, and government.
Halal accreditation bodies will serve to ensure safety and transparency in certifying and verifying Halal products, as demand for these products continues to grow.
Environmental Strategic Partnerships
ANSI's role is not to recognize or develop standards, schemes or GHG methodologies, ANSI's accreditation program provides validators/verifiers recognition from various organizations, including: