An Introduction to WSF-ACN-ANSI, Inc.
The World Standard Federation of Accreditation and Certification Network – Ansi
WSF-ACN-ANSI has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of private sector voluntary standardization system 1999. Founded by engineering societies, the institute remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by diverse constituency of private sector organizations. The Institute represents the interests of its nearly 300 company, organization, institutional and international members through its headquarters in Washington D.C., and its satellite office other Countries.
The Institute ensures that its guiding principle – consensus, due process and openness – are followed by more than 18 distinct entities currently accredited under one of the Federation’s three methods of accreditation (organization, committee or canvass).
- To provide a policy forum to represent global interests at the domestic, regional and international levels in relevant multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, access to foreign conformity assessment systems, role of manufactures declaration vis a vis independent third party activities, etc.;
- To provide and assure global interests full access to the private sector international and regional organizations setting requirements on conformity assessment programs and operating such programs;
- To collect and disseminate timely, accurate information on national, regional and international conformity assessment;
- To provide a private sector based national and international accreditation mechanism for conformity assessment programs (such as, for example, products and quality management systems) that facilitate sectoral approaches to satisfy needs for products to flow freely in the marketplace (domestic, and foreign).