American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a nonprofit, privately funded membership organization that coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards. ANSI's role as the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the United States National Committee (USNC), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. federal government. ANSI operates with the cooperation of the private sector and federal, state and local governments. The Institute serves a diverse membership of companies: professional, technical, trade, labor and consumer organizations; and many government agencies. ANSI was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It maintains standards in all industries, including safety and health, telecommunications, information processing, petroleum, medical devices, etc.