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 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.

Member Forums

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.

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.

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.

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.


Board of Directors and Board Committees

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.

Board Officers

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

Executive Committee

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.

Finance Committee

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.

Audit Committee

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.

Nominating Committee

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-chairmen 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.

National Policy Committee

The NPC is responsible for broad-based policy and position decisions regarding national standards development process issues, government relations and public policy issues.

Reporting to the NPC are the following program oversight committees:

Conformity 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 program oversight committees for each of ANSI’s accreditation programs.

Intellectual 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.

International 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:

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 program oversight committee:

ANSI ISO Council (AIC)

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.

Appeals Board

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.

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 National Policy Committee.

Executive 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greenhouse Gas Validation/Verification 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.

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.

Certificate Accreditation Program Accreditation Committee (CAPAC)

The Certificate Accreditation Program Certification Accreditation Committee (CAPAC) accredits training and educational certificate issuers in accordance with ANSI/ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs. The CAPAC is responsible for the decision making aspects of ANSI's Certificate 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.

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 policy position development regarding standards and conformity assessment activities in regional standards bodies. The RSCs report to the International Policy Co mmittee.

  • 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 Panel or Collaborative

A Standards Panel or Collaborative 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.

ANSI Focus on Services Standards