What is the Difference Between ANSI and ETSI?
By A. Michelle Caldwell
Updated September 28, 2017
ANSI is the American National Standard Institute and ETSI is the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
ANSI manages the creation, communication, and use of standards that apply to a wide range of businesses in the United States.
ANSI Business Sectors
Examples of business sectors for which there are ANSI standards include power tools, funiculars, radioactive materials, sanitation, and material safety data sheets.
By contrast, ETSI only produces standards for the information and communication technologies sector. ETSI standards include fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast, and Internet technologies. ETSI standards can be applied worldwide.
ANSI eStandards Store
In addition to purchasing ANSI standards at the ANSI eStandards Store, it is also possible to purchase standards from many other organizations from all over the world, including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Compressed Gas Association (CGA), ETSI, Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS), Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and Swedish Standards Institute (SIS). You can see a complete list of standards developers whose standards you can purchase from the ANSI eStandards Store at http://webstore.ansi.org/sdo.aspx.
The ETSI WebStore sells all ETSI standards on DVD. It is also possible to download PDFs of ETSI standards for free at http://PDA.etsi.org/PDA/queryform.asp.
A. Michelle Caldwell left a growing biotech company in 1996 to pursue a career in technical writing and has never looked back. Initially writing only MSDSs, she has branched out over the years to include projects such as ghostwriting a column in the local newspaper. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Brown University and a certificate in copyediting from UCSD Extension.