NMEA Earns ANSI Accreditation


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Washington, DC, has approved the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), Severna Park, MD, as an organizational member, recognizing it as a developer of American National Standards.

“The ANSI accreditation means a great deal in terms of the credibility of the NMEA standards to the marine industry on a global scale,” said Steve Spitzer, NMEA's technical director. “This means that our processes are in line with ANSI requirements, which are recognized worldwide.”

The NMEA is best known for its NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 Standards that allow communication and networking of onboard marine electronics worldwide, as well as the NMEA Installation Standards, which provide reference for the proper installation of electronics on vessels. Presently more than 35 marine electronics manufacturers have certified nearly 100 of their products to the NMEA's NMEA 2000 Standard.

“ANSI accreditation gives us high standing in the marketplace,” said David Hayden, NMEA's president and executive director. “It allows us to write and submit standards for certification, knowing that we have developed sound processes that lead to high quality standards that will be readily recognized worldwide. It further enhances the NMEA standards credibility.

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