The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched a new Web page that it hopes will serve as a central resource for information and activities related to service industry standards.
The new Web page, www.ansi.org/services, highlights recent efforts from ANSI and its partners in the standardization community to identify and address the needs of the services sector.
Services form an integral part of the global economy, accounting for an estimated 80 percent of current U.S. GDP. Broadly defined, a “service” describes valuable actions, deeds, or efforts performed to satisfy a need or to fulfill a demand—and can be affiliated with a variety of industries, ranging from health care to IT and education. Thousands of domestic and international standards and conformance activities affect the ways in which services meet demand.
The ANSI services page provides access to updated information, events, and resources related to a wide range of standards and conformance activities that affect the services industry.
An overview and proceedings from the recent ANSI Conference, “Standards and the Service Economy,” in Washington, DC, is also available on the site. The event, which was held in September 2015, brought together leaders from international standards bodies and service providers to discuss how domestic and international standardization can meet the diverse needs of the service sector.
The services page also includes links to recent ANSI news articles related to service standards, as well as service-related resources from the International Organization for Standardization, various national standards bodies, and other standards organizations from across the world.
Interested standardization stakeholders, educators, students, and individuals are encouraged to visit the page and enjoy a free educational poster download: “75 of the Thousands of Standards Supporting the Service Economy.”
ANSI says resources such as these aim to demonstrate the importance of service standards in nearly all aspects of our everyday lives and help communicate this critical message to a broad audience.