What Is an ANSI Rating?

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a nonprofit organization which sets and upholds U.S. standards internationally and domestically for many types of companies with its ratings systems. ANSI standards have been developed for everything from livestock farming to energy distribution. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC and was founded in 1918.


ANSI sets standards for systems, products and services. They also deal with processes as well as personnel.


The ANSI board is responsible for setting the standards and upholding its rating system by reviewing company programs and approving their policies. After this process takes place, the board awards a statement of conformity showing the company is abiding by specific requirements.



ANSI ratings help to promote consistency and show that the company is more transparent since it has opened up its policies and processes for review. It also shows the organization strives to be more competitive. Consumer confidence is often heightened as well due to the ANSI rating.



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