As a non-profit, private organization, the American National Standards Institute works to coordinate US standards with international standards, enabling the provision of American goods and services in a modern, global economy. Additionally, the organization oversees development of standards for processes, systems, services, products and personnel.

Adherence to developed standards is entirely optional. Organizations with ANSI accreditation carry out product or personnel certification in accordance with international standards. Additionally, the American National Standards Institute accredits standards that ensure consistent characteristics and performance of products, universal acceptance of terms and definitions and universal testing methodologies.

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