ANSI - American National Standards Institute

ANSI Structure and Management

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

ANSI Membership

Comprised of approximately 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.

Member Forums

The ANSI Member Forums represent the voice of their respective membership segments, providing a venue for dialogue on global standards and conformity assessment issues and a unique opportunity to network with representatives of other ANSI members.

Company 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.

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.

Government 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.

Organizational 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.


ANSI Board of Directors and Board Committees

The Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 51 representatives of the ANSI membership and is responsible for governance oversight of the issues, properties and affairs of the Institute.

Board Officers

The Board Officers comprise the current chair of the board, the immediate past chair, the vice-chairs, and the ANSI president and CEO.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Board (ExCo) 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.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee maintains a continuing review of the financial affairs of ANSI and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors or to the Executive Committee.

Audit Committee

The main duty of the Audit Committee is to maintain a continuing review of the internal controls and audit affairs of ANSI. 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.

Nominating Committee

Comprised of a diverse cross-section of Board representatives, the Nominating Committee oversees the nomination of ANSI members for seats on the Board of Directors, as well as candidates for chair and vice-chair positions.


ANSI Policy Advisory Groups

National Policy Advisory Group

The National Policy Advisory Group provides views and proposes policies regarding national standards and conformity assessment issues, including related public policy issues. The NPAG responds to requests for input from time to time from the Board, Executive Committee, Committees of ANSI, Forums and other PAGs.

Intellectual Property Rights Policy Advisory Group (IPRPAG)

The Intellectual Property Rights Policy Advisory Group provides views and proposespolicies regarding the incorporation of essential patents or other proprietary intellectual property (such as trademarks and copyright) in national, regional or international standards. The IPRPAG also provides views and proposes policies regarding exploitation rights to the copyright in standards and the recognition of copyright protection for standards by courts, legislation, regulatory bodies, industry and others. The IPRPAG responds to requests for input from time to time from the Board, Executive Committee, Committees of ANSI, Forums and other PAGs. The IPRPAG includes patent and copyright law experts who are familiar with the types of IP issues that arise in standards development. The Executive Standards Council (ExSC) retains authority of all aspects of the Essential Requirements, including ANSI’s own Patent Policy, but the ExSC often solicits input from the IPRPAG when interpreting or considering revisions to the ANSI Patent Policy, as well as accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. The IPRPAG reports to the Executive Committee of the ANSI Board of Directors.

International Policy Advisory Group (IPAG)

The International Policy Advisory Group provides views and proposes policies regarding regional and international standards and conformity assessment issues, including related public policy issues. The IPAG responds to requests for input from time to time from the Board, Executive Committee, Committees of ANSI, Forums and other PAGs. Reporting to the IPAG are the following regional standing committees:



Committees of ANSI

ANSI ISO Council (AIC)

The AIC is responsible for developing and approving ANSI policy and process-related positions on issues presented 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). The AIC Council reports to the Executive Committee.

Reporting to the AIC is the following standing committee:

Board of 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 Executive Committee.

Executive Standards Council (ExSC)

The ExSC is responsible for the procedures and criteria for national and international standards development activities of ANSI, 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 Executive Committee.

United 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 standing committee:

Appeals Board

The Appeals Board considers and decides all final appeals by: (i) directly and materially interested persons (organizations, companies, government agencies, individual, etc.); (ii) who have been, or will be, adversely affected by the actions or inactions of a Committee of ANSI; (iii) and who have first exhausted all other appeals under procedures established by ANSI. The Appeals Board reports to the Executive Committee.


Standing Committees

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 Advisory Group.

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.

ANSI 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 proposing policy and providing viewsregarding standards and conformity assessment activities in regional standards bodies. The RSCs report to the International Policy Advisory Group.

  • 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 regions.
  • 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.

Technical 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 or Collaboratives

A Standards Panels or Collaboratives addresses the standards development needs and coordination issues of a particular industry sector. They may be comprised of ANSI members and non-members.

ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC)

The UASSC’s mission will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe, mass integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – into the national airspace system (NAS) of the United States.

America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC)

The America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) is a cross-sector coordinating body whose objective is to accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs and thereby facilitate the growth of the additive manufacturing industry.

Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)

The ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) works to coordinate a U.S. approach to energy efficiency standardization activities in five target areas. The group has developed a standardization roadmap and standards compendium to help advance energy efficiency in the United States, particularly with regard to the built environment.

Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC, formerly HSSP)

The ANSI Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC) works to identify existing consensus standards, or, if none exist, assist government agencies and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security and homeland defense. The Collaborative seeks broad engagement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), state agencies, and other relevant entities.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP)

The ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) serves as the cross-sector coordinating body for the purposes of developing standards in the area of nanotechnology including nomenclature/terminology; materials properties; and testing, measurement and characterization procedures. Efforts are primarily focused on the coordination of U.S. interests in the international standardization arena, particularly within IEC TC 113 and ISO TC 229.

ANSI Network on Chemical Regulation

The Network on Chemical Regulation 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 regulations.


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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.

Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC)

The Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (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 that developed and continually assesses and updates a standardization roadmap and standards compendium intended to enable the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States.

ID Theft Prevention and ID Management Standards Panel (IDSP)

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 (BSP)

The ANSI Biofuels Standards Coordination Panel (ANSI-BSP) promoted 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 Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) assisted in coordinating widely accepted and readily implemented consensus-based standards to enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare information technology, especially as they would interact in a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) for the United States.


Note to Readers Regarding Revisions to ANSI By-Laws

Please note that this Web page has been updated based on revisions to the ANSI By-Laws, which are effective as of January 1, 2020. ANSI is continuing to review all pages on its Website to assure that they correctly reflect and harmonize with the organizational and procedural changes made in the 2020 By-Laws. Please check the [ 2020 By-Laws ] and continued updates to the ANSI site for the most current information concerning the procedures followed by ANSI’s committees, boards, forums and other groups.

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