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ANSI Celebrates Its 100th Year Leading the U.S. Voluntary Standards Community

Commemorations Highlight the Critical Role of Standards and Conformance in American Progress


In recognition of the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standards and conformance system, has released an array of multimedia resources that illustrate standardization’s dynamic role in fostering progress, safety, and innovation in the United States and beyond. A new commemorative webpage,, features historical content, event information, and a growing set of interactive tools and videos detailing how ANSI and its members, partners, and stakeholders have evolved to meet the needs of U.S. industry, government, and citizens over ten decades.

100 Years of Standards & Conformity Assessment

ANSI was originally established on October 19, 1918, as the American Engineering Standards Committee (AESC) – an impartial national body to coordinate standards development, approve national consensus standards, and halt user confusion on acceptability. Since then, ANSI has led and supported the voluntary standardization community in critical work that has fostered significant U.S. advancements and milestones – from the post-war industrial production boom to the wave of technological innovations sweeping the nation today.

Celebrating this record of achievement, the newly launched “100 Years of ANSI” interactive gallery and 100th anniversary timeline present concise looks at the Institute’s transformation through the decades, its long-term impact on trade and the global supply chain, and the standards and conformance–based initiatives, collaboratives, and accreditation solutions that strengthen U.S. competitiveness and quality of life. These historical overviews highlight efforts on both the domestic and international fronts, and illustrate how ANSI and its partners have supported a wide array of sectors throughout its history as industrial, technological, and societal landscapes evolve.

“For a century, ANSI has played an integral part in supporting America’s growth and safety, and continues to improve the quality of life for millions,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “I’m honored to take part in this legacy, as ANSI, its staff, and our highly collaborative standardization community continue to lead exciting efforts that lay the foundation for innovative breakthroughs for generations to come.”

ANSI will host a number of special events and activities in 2018 in recognition of its 100th anniversary. The Institute is serving as the 2018 administrating organization for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on October 18, in partnership with co-chair the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the larger U.S. event committee. And ANSI will host World Standards Week, the standardization community’s premier annual gathering, with multiple conferences, committee meetings, and special events designed to inspire open dialogue about standardization and conformity assessment on October 15-19 in Washington, DC.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ANSIturns100.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit


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