The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served in its capacity as
administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary
standardization system for more than 90 years. Founded in 1918 by five
engineering societies and three government agencies, the Institute remains a
private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency
of private and public sector organizations.
Throughout its history, ANSI has maintained as its primary goal the enhancement
of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by
promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity
assessment systems and promoting their integrity. The Institute represents the
interests of its nearly 1,000 company, organization, government agency,
institutional and international members through its office in New York
City, and its headquarters in Washington, D.C.