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Understanding Standards

What is a Standard

A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. (Definition in International Organization for Standardisation)

Benefits of using a Standard

  • reduces costs by minimising waste and errors
  • ensures products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.
  • allows business sustainability through consistence and ease of interoperability
Read: 10 Good Things ISO for SMEs

Where to find Standards

Many major standards like ISO, IEC, EN are commonly being adopted by another standard. In a case when you are not able to access the actual standard, a good tip is to look for the standard that has adopted the standard you are looking for and use that available standard as a good reference.
Some standards are also referenced and included as appendices in technical books so you can try searching using one search or in specific e-books database e.g. Knovel.


Common Standards

Prefix Standards     Status
SS Singapore Standards Locally adopted standards that have taken into consideration the Singapore environment, infrastructure and regulatory requirements, produced by SPRING Singapore SS IEC 62109 - 1 : 2016
SS ISO 16128 - 1 : 2016
SS 514 : 2016
CP Singapore standards (Code of Practice) Locally adopted set of written regulations issued by SPRING Singapore that explains how people working in a particular profession should behave. SS CP 12 - 2 : 1998
SS CP 28 : 1984 (1999)
BS British Standards The BSI are the UK's National Standards Body (NSB) and represent UK economic and social interests across all European and international standards organizations and in the development of business information solutions for British organizations of all sizes and sectors. BS EN ISO 9000:2015
PAS 900:2010
BS ISO 123:2001
Draft for public comment
Work in hand
Revised, withdrawn
IEEE IEEE Xplore Standards Industry standards for a broad range of technologies that drive the functionality, capabilities, and interoperability of a wide range of products and services. IEEE Std 830-1998
IEEE Std 519-2014
IEEE Std C57.121-1988
Redline version
ASHRAE ASHRAE Standards Industry standards for the design and maintenance of indoor environments concerned with refrigeration processes, ventilation system design and acceptable Internal Air Quality. ASHRAE 90.1-2016 (SI)
ANSI ASHRAE 62.1-2013
ANSI Approved
Most Recent
ASTM ASTM Standards International standards covering a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum etc. ASTM E2921-16a
ASTM D6532-00(2014)
ASTM F1207M-12
Active Standard
Historical Standard
IEC IHS Standards Expert IEC International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. IEC 60825-1:2014
IEC 60529:1989+AMD1:1999+AMD2:2013