ANSI is the abbreviation for the American National Standards Institute, a not-for-profit organization which was founded in 1918.  ANSI represents the United States as a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

ANSI does not publish standards, but does help to create standards and offers accreditation related to conformance.  ANSI works with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, which publishes standards related to flooring.  Neither ANSI nor ASTM are government agencies.  Conformity to standards developed by or with ANSI are voluntary.  Only standards independently stipulated by a government agency are mandatory.

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