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April, 1988

ANSI: A nongovernmental approach to standards writing

Robert E. Parks

As we write about international standards activities, we often mention ANSI in passing. This month we will take an in depth look at the American National Standards Institute, a nonprofit, non-government organization founded 70 years ago by manufacturers to prevent confusing and duplicative standards writing. ANSI is usually refered to as the U.S. representative to the International Standards Organization (ISO) and it is interesting to note philosophically that ANSI is the only non-government member of ISO. All the other national members of ISO are governmental or government controlled bodies.

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