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Top Issues

Top Issues Overview

In response to requests for a centralized resource on strategic and emerging issues facing both the Institute and its Federation of members, ANSI has created a Top Issues tracking system. This unique service will aid ANSI members as they identify and track emerging issues affecting the standardization and conformance community, their constituents, and other stakeholders.

Access the Top Issues Tracking System

The Top Issues portal details activities in which ANSI is already engaged or may become engaged. These include:

  • ANSI-led initiatives, including meetings or coordination activities
  • Activities in which ANSI governance leadership or staff participates on behalf of the Institute
  • Policy-level activities at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • ISO and IEC technical activities in which the U.S. has a leadership role
  • ISO and IEC technical activities in which the U.S. does not have a leadership role, but which are of strategic importance

The Top Issues portal is organized into six main issues summarized below. Each main issue is further broken down into a set of sub-issues, and each sub-issue explores the specific activities that are related to that sub-issue. Users may also search the Top Issues portal by keyword to see where particular issues cut across sectors.


From clean energy programs and standardization activities for today’s nuclear power industry to renewable energies like solar, wind, and hydropower, this issue category includes:

  • Clean Energy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewable Energy

Global Supply Chain
The security of our global supply chain is a key concern within the public and private sectors. The primary identified sub-issue deals with chemical regulations, with more information on food, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products to come.

Horizontal Considerations
From policy-level discussions to operational decisions made by individual organizations, a number of key issues span across sectors. These issues include:
  • Counterfeiting
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Linking Standards and Research
  • Standards and Public Policy/Trade

From consumer choice and labeling decisions to supply chain issues and manufacturing concerns, sustainability affects us all:
  • Agriculture
  • Buildings
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental
  • Financial
  • Food
  • Private Sector Preparedness
  • Products
  • Water

Several emerging technologies affect our health, safety, and the integrity of information:
  • Biotechnology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Identity Management
  • Information Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Smart Infrastructure

With the new administration‘s focus on the re-skilling of America, key workforce-related issues include:
  • Education
  • Private Sector Preparedness
  • Professional Competencies
  • Risk Management
  • Social Responsibility

star  Click here to access ANSI’s Top Issues portal.

The Top Issues portal is only available to ANSI members.
User ID and password credentials are required for access. If you are in need of credentialing please contact ANSI's membership department at

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