A standard is a technical document designed to be used as a rule, guideline, or definition. Standards are published documents that establish specifications and procedures designed to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services people use every day. They are fundamental building blocks for product development by establishing consistent protocols that can be universally understood and adopted.
Standards are created by bringing together all interested parties such as National organizations, Professional Societies, Manufacturers, Consumers, and Regulators of a particular material, product, process, or service.
All parties benefit from standardization through increased product safety and quality; and lower transaction costs and prices—ensuring product functionality and compatibility, facilitating interoperability, and supporting safety.
In summary, standards fuel the development and implementation of technologies that influence and transform the way we live, work, and communicate.
ASTM Digital Library: The ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library is a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. The Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.
NSSSN from American National Standards Institute (ANSI): NSSSN is a search engine that provides users with standards-related information from a wide range of developers, including organizations accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), other U.S. private sector standards bodies, government agencies, and international organizations. It is the world’s most comprehensive search engine for standards with more than 300,000 records.
CEN from European Union Countries: CEN's National Members are the National Standards Organizations (NSOs) of the 27 European Union countries and Croatia, plus three countries of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland). There is one member per country.
SASO from KSA: Search the Catalogue of "Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO)," the sole standardization body in the Kingdom.
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