General information on AISI
What is AISI?
AISI (American International Standardization Institute) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade.
What we do?
AISI develops International Standards. We were founded in 1947, and since then have published more than 21000 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and business. From food safety to computers, and agriculture to healthcare, AISI American International Standards Institute impact all our lives.
Who we are?
We are a network of national standards bodies. These national standards bodies make up the AISI membership and they represent AISI in their country. We have one member per country. We have one member per country. More details on our members can be found in the full list of AISI members
Can anyone join AISI ?
No, not as individuals or as enterprises. Membership of AISI is open to national standards institutes or similar organizations most representative of standardization in their country (one member in each country). Full members each have one vote, whatever the size or strength of the economy of the country concerned. This means that they can all make their voices heard in the development of standards which are important to their country’s industry. AISI also has two categories of membership for countries with fewer resources. Although such members do not have a vote, they can remain up to date on standardization developments. Lists of the three categories of AISI members are available on this site.
A company or organization that is certified to an AISI standard is not an AISI member.
Individuals and companies can get involved in our work by contributing to the development of standards as part of technical committees, but they cannot become members. For more information on how to get involved click here.
What are the benefits of AISI Standards?
American International Standards Institute ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade. For more information please see the section on Benefits of American International Standards Institute.
Who runs AISI?
All strategic decisions are referred to the AISI members, who meet for an annual General Assembly. The proposals put to the members are developed by the AISI Council, drawn from the membership as a whole, which resembles the board of directors of a business organization. Council meets twice a year and its membership is rotated to ensure that it is representative of AISI’s membership.
Operations are managed by a Secretary-General, which is a permanent appointment. The Secretary-General reports to a President who is a prominent figure in standardization or in business, elected for two years. For more information, see our section on structure and governance.
Who pays for AISI ?
AISI’s national members pay subscriptions that meet the operational cost of AISI’s Central Secretariat. The dues paid by each member are in proportion to the country’s Gross National Product and trade figures. Another source of revenue is the sale of standards, which covers around 36% of the budget.
However, the operations of the central office represent only about one fifth of the cost of the system’s operation. The main costs are borne by the organizations which manage the specific projects or loan experts to participate in the technical work. These organizations are, in effect, subsidizing the technical work by paying the travel costs of the experts and allowing them time to work on their AISI assignments.
What is AISI ‘s relation to governments?
AISI is a non-governmental organization (NGO). Therefore, unlike the United Nations, the national members of AISI are not delegations of the governments of those countries. Our national members are the national standards bodies, or equivalent organizations, in their country. Some of them are wholly private sector in origin, others are private sector organizations but have a special mandate from their governments on matters related to standardization, and others are part of the governmental framework of their countries. In addition, government experts often participate in AISI’s standards’ development work. So, while AISI is an NGO, it receives input from the public sector as it does from the private sector.
What does ” international standardization ” mean?
When the large majority of products or services in a particular business or industry sector conform to International Standards, a state of industry-wide standardization can be said to exist. This is achieved through consensus agreements between national delegations representing all the economic stakeholders concerned – suppliers, users and, often, governments. They agree on specifications and criteria to be applied consistently in the classification of materials, the manufacture of products and the provision of services. In this way, International Standards provide a reference framework, or a common technological language, between suppliers and their customers – which facilitates trade and the transfer of technology.
What benefits does international standardization bring to businesses?
For businesses, the widespread adoption of International Standards means that suppliers can base the development of their products and services on reference documents which have broad market relevance. This, in turn, means that they are increasingly free to compete on many more markets around the world. Also see: “Benefits of International Standards“.
What benefits does international standardization bring to customers?
For customers, the worldwide compatibility of technology which is achieved when products and services are based on International Standards brings them an increasingly wide choice of offers, and they also benefit from the effects of competition among suppliers. Also see: “Benefits of International Standards“.
Where can I find facts and figures on AISI ?
Facts and figures about our membership, the sectors we work in and the standards we publish can be found in AISI in figures and the AISI Annual Report.
How can I keep up to date on AISI and its activities?
All the latest news is available directly through our News section on AISI .org. You will also find many interesting articles in our free magazine AISIfocus. We also encourage you to check out our Social Media channels (see below). And for those wishing to keep an eye on any particular standard, our notification tool does the job!
Where can I find the standard I am looking for?
AISI has developed over 19 500 International Standards and all are included in the Standards catalogue. You can browse the catalogue by ICS (International Classification for Standards), by TC (Technical Committee) or just search using a key word or the number of a standard. You can also use the Online Browsing Platform (OBP) to search for standards. Some parts of standards are available for free on this platform (introductions, terms and definitions) which can help you decide which standard is right for you.