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ANSI Governance &
Advisory Groups

Structures and policies

ANSI’s governance structure and policies are clearly defined in the ANSI Constitution and By-Laws.

Summarily, the Institute is governed by a Board of Directors, with a structure of committees focused on specific governance areas, and advisory groups and forums providing input to those decision-making bodies. All of these groups are comprised of volunteer representatives of ANSI member companies and organizations, driving ANSI’s strategic priorities and activities in response to broad member input.

A comprehensive Code of Conduct provides broad guidance on how ANSI volunteers – including all members of the Board, Committees, Forums, and Policy Advisory Groups – are expected to behave at any ANSI meeting or gathering.

These key guidance documents and others focused on specific topics and activities and comprise ANSI’s full set of Organizational Policies:

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Board of Directors

The ANSI Board of Directors manages and controls (and/or delegates) all activities, property, and affairs of the Institute. Board members are fiduciaries of ANSI – meaning they must act in the interest of the Institute – and are therefore subject to ANSI’s Conflict of Interest and Related Party Transactions Policy, as well as the ANSI Code of Conduct.

The Board of Directors may on occasion create committees, councils, or other groups to take on certain responsibilities outlined in operating procedures approved by the Board (or by the governance body to whom the committee or council reports). These include the four Board Committees listed below.

Executive Committee (ExCo)

The Executive Committee of the Board has the power to act for the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board to the fullest extent permitted by law, and the Executive Committee shall present a report on any such actions to the Board.

Finance Committee (FinCo)

The Finance Committee maintains a continuing review of the financial affairs of ANSI and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors or to the Executive Committee.

Learn more about FINCO

Audit Committee

The main duty of the Audit Committee is to maintain a continuing review of the internal controls and audit affairs of ANSI. Using this information, it is the committee’s duty to make appropriate recommendations to the Board or the Executive Committee regarding internal control and audit matters.

Learn more about the audit committee

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee oversees the nomination of ANSI members for seats on the Board of Directors, as well as candidates for Chair and Vice Chair positions.

Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs)

ANSI Policy Advisory Groups identify trends and issues within the expertise of the PAG, and, where appropriate, provide recommendations to the Executive Committee on relevant actions. PAGs are advisory in nature and their members are not fiduciaries, but they are important to ANSI in developing policy positions in three major focus areas, as follows:

National Policy Advisory Group (NPAG)

The National Policy Advisory Group provides views and proposes policies regarding national standards and conformity assessment issues, including related public policy issues.

International Policy Advisory Group (IPAG)

The International Policy Advisory Group provides views and proposes policies regarding regional and international standards and conformity assessment issues, including related public policy issues.

Intellectual Property Rights Policy Advisory Group (IPRPAG)

The Intellectual Property Rights Policy Advisory Group provides views and proposes policies regarding the incorporation of essential patents or other proprietary intellectual property (such as trademarks and copyright) in national, regional, or international standards, and regarding the recognition of copyright protection for standards.

Committees of ansi

The Committees of ANSI include the Program Oversight Committees and International Relations Committees. These groups make decisions on behalf of ANSI in the specific subject areas as outlined in their operating procedures. Members are of these groups are fiduciaries of ANSI and subject to Conflict of Interest and Related Party Transaction requirements, as well as the ANSI Code of Conduct.


Executive Standards Council (ExSC)

The Executive Standards Council is responsible for the procedures and criteria for national and international standards development activities of ANSI, including the entirety of the ANSI Essential Requirements and International Procedures. The ExSC accredits national standards developers and U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO, and hears appeals related to its areas of responsibility.

Board of Standards Review (BSR)

The Board of Standards Review is responsible for the approval and withdrawal of American National Standards, and for hearing appeals of its decisions.


ANSI ISO Council (AIC)

The AIC is responsible for developing and approving ANSI policy and process-related positions on issues presented to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as preparing ANSI delegations to the ISO General Assembly, ISO Council and ISO Technical Management Board (ISO/TMB).

Learn more about the AIC

United States National Committee (USNC) IEC Council

The USNC IEC Council coordinates the U.S. involvement in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and other electrotechnical bodies associated with the IEC. It also coordinates USNC activities with appropriate standards boards to promote consistency between those international and national activities that fall within the scope of the IEC.

Learn more about the USNC IEC Council

Standing Committees

These groups are permanent committees specializing in the consideration of particular subject areas as follows:

Committee on Education (COE)

The Committee on Education is responsible for all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach, as well as fulfilling the objectives of the United States Standards Strategy.

Learn more about the COE


The ANSI ISO Forum is responsible for formulating ANSI positions on technical coordination and procedural issues of the ISO Technical Management Board.

International Conformity Assessment Committee (ICAC)

The International Conformity Assessment Committee is the U.S. interface to the ISO Council Committee on Conformity Assessment (ISO CASCO), the international group responsible for standards and guides related to the effective operation of conformity assessment bodies and activities.

USNC Technical Management Committee (TMC)

The main focus of the USNC Technical Management Committee is to manage the technical work of the USNC and to represent the interests of the U.S. at the Standardization Management Board (SMB) level in IEC.

Learn more about the USNC TMC

USNC Conformity Assessment Policy Coordination Committee (CAPCC)

The USNC Conformity Assessment Policy Coordination Committee coordinates U.S. positions on electrotechnical conformity assessment (CA) matters and to represent the interests of the U.S. at the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) level in IEC.

Learn More about CAPCC

Appeals Board

The Appeals Board considers and decides all final appeals by persons affected by the actions or inactions of a committee of ANSI who have exhausted all other appeals under ANSI’s procedures.

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