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Sector Programs

Telecommunications and Radio Equipment

The U.S. federal government relies on ANSI to accredit telecommunication certification bodies under a Federal Communications Commission program that enforces rules for the manufacturers of telecommunications and radio communication equipment used in the U.S. and abroad. These programs include:

  • Unlicensed Radio Frequency Devices
  • Licensed Radio Frequency Devices
  • Telephone Terminal Equipment

ANSI’s accreditation of telecommunication certification bodies is also recognized by several other nations.


Sustainable Forestry

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.


EPA WaterSense

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that seeks 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.


AECO Program

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.


EPA Energy Star®

The EPA Energy Star® Program has been very successful in helping 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 that help them save money and protect the environment. 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.

As a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA), ANSI is recognized by the EPA Energy Star® Program to evaluate the competency of product certification bodies in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065 in each of the designated product categories. EPA and ANSI envision the enhanced testing and verification to be an integral part of the Energy Star® Program.


Food 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 program (www.sqfi.com).


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. Management and implementation control of the BRC standard is established through the ANSI accreditation of certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17065.


GlobalGAP

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.


Azzule (PrimusGFS)

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.


The 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

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 fish and crustacean species.



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