Which countries use ANSI standards?

ANSI is also involved in the international side of standards on top of their normal responsibilities within the United States. They currently work in tandem with over 150 countries’ national standards and conformity assessment bodies similar to ANSI themselves. These are all spread out through the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Key markets exist in Europe, China, and India. The only representative for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) happens to be ANSI. ISO also goes through the U.S National Committee (UNSC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). All of these organizations work together to create standards that companies around the world can apply to their own facilities, creating more recognized and consistent safety guidelines and regulations.

How those new standard proposals get to those other countries is a little bit of a different process than what America does with its own Standard Developing Organizations. There are hundreds of what’s called U.S Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) that are either ANSI or USNC accredited. These groups are tasked with developing U.S positions on ISO and IEC activity and then transmitting them via ballots and committee activities for those two organizations.

The other initiative that ANSI works in involves public and private-sector partnership activities in newly emerging economies and developing countries. ANSI often provides assistance with standards, infrastructure, trade, and good regulatory practices to those developing economies in order to give them a good start on creating a space that is standardized and hazard free.

To give a real-world example of this in action, ANSI has partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Standards Alliance, a funding facility that assists developing countries involved in the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. The Standards Alliance, in this instance, is helping the Southern African Trade Hub with Good Regulatory Practice. This has brought together 15 countries in South Africa together to work on improving good regulatory practice.

 

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