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United States
Standards and Conformity Assessment System
United States' National Standards Body:
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

1899 L Street, NW
11th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 293-8020
Fax: (202) 293-9287

New York Office
25 West 43rdStreet
4th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 642-4900
Fax: (212) 398-0023


Overview of the U.S. Standardization System

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) published a brief overview of the U.S. standardization system.

United States Standards Strategy

United States Standards Strategy establishes a framework that can be used by all interested parties to further advance trade issues in the global marketplace, enhance consumer health and safety, meet stakeholder needs and, as appropriate, advance U.S. viewpoints in the regional and international arena.
United States Standards Strategy- Spanish
United States Standards Strategy- Chinese-Mandarin

Report on the Use of Voluntary Standards in Support of Regulation in the United States

This report responds to a request by the United States-European Union (US-EU) High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum to provide information on the use of standards in support of regulation in the United States. The report outlines the U.S. legal and institutional framework regarding the use of standards in support of regulation.

United States Trade Representative (USTR) National Trade Estimate Report on Trade Barriers

The National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. The annual report provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign practices on the value of U.S. exports. Information is also included on actions taken to eliminate barriers.

Click here to access the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's Reports and Publications page containing the National Trade Estimate report.

(Containing a Country-Specific Report on the European Union and its Member States)

On March 31, 2010, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk transmitted to Congress a new report on key technical barriers to trade that hinder or block American exports around the world. In a speech to Pennsylvania steelworkers in 2009, Ambassador Kirk promised to deliver this report and another on sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to American exports as part of the Obama Administration's effort to sharpen its enforcement of American trade rights and to grow well-paying jobs here at home.

Standards Incorporated by Reference (SIBR) Database

The Standards Incorporated by Reference (SIBR) Database includes the voluntary consensus standards, government unique standards, private industry standards, and international standards referenced in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.