Consumer Interest Forum (CIF)
The Consumer Interest Forum (CIF) works to facilitate the representation of
consumer interests in voluntary standards and conformity assessment activities.
It thereby enhances the effectiveness and credibility of the ANSI Federation as
representative of all materially affected interests.
Consumers are defined as those individuals who use goods or services to satisfy
their individual needs and desires, rather than to resell them or to produce
other goods or services with them ("Consumers").
Some of the broad issues that the Consumer Interest Forum works to advance include:
Outreach and networking: build stronger relationships between ANSI and national
and international organizations to:
Increase standards awareness among consumer representatives, including
increased participation in CIF and ANSI by government, consumers, business, and
Build dialogue on key issues by providing a primary forum and information
source on consumer interest issues related to voluntary standards and
Develop effective information exchanges among consumer professionals;
Provide consumer feedback to the ANSI Federation;
Represent consumers before COPOLCO and other international standards related
Policy development: facilitate enhanced consumer interest participation
throughout the ANSI process and organization.
Consumer participation: encourage consumer participation in the development of
standards for consumer products and services to identify and meet consumer
concerns and needs.
The CIF is also the U.S. link to ISO COPOLCO
(Consumer Policy Committee of the International Organization for
Standardization). COPOLCO provides a forum for the exchange of information and
experience on consumer participation in the international standardization work
of ISO and, by liaison, in IEC (the International Electrotechnical Commission).
Participation in the CIF is open to consumer representatives who are willing to
actively participate in its work and who express an interest in membership.
Membership in ANSI is not required.
CIF members shall be knowledgeable representatives from Consumer organizations,
producers, retailers, distributors, industry councils and government. The CIF
will strive to maintain a reasonable balance among such groups. No more than
one Consumer Interest Forum member may be employed by the same company,
organization, department or agency.
For more information, contact the CIF Secretary.
For a list of CIF
members, click here.
Forum officers include:
Dr. R. David Pittle
Director, ISO P-Memberships
CIF Vice Chair
National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators
CIF’s Operating Guidelines
Schedule of upcoming meetings
[Note: Please enter either Consumer Interest Forum or CIF in the
Key Word search field in the ANSI Online calendar of events]
The Consumer Interest Forum typically meets three times a year, including a
meeting in the Spring to prepare for the COPOLCO plenary meeting, and in the
The ANSI Consumer Interest Forum Document Library contains information available only to
registered CIF members. It requires a username and password to use. To access
the document library, click here.
More information about document access.
If you are not already a member of ANSI, find out more about the
benefits of ANSI membership.
to join online, or for more information, email
Director, ISO P-Memberships