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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization. It was founded in 1918 and it administers the U.S. standardization-and conformity-assessment system and coordinates voluntary participation in the system. ANSI has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years. ANSI was founded by five engineering societies and three government agencies. ANSI is supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations. ANSI’s primary goal is the enhancement of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and promoting their integrity.