Standards are made up of specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services and systems are safe, consistent and reliable.
Many organisations issue standards, including trade associations and government departments.
Standards are identifiable by a unique document code which usually includes a prefix (the prefix often identifies the country and publisher), and a number and publication year (e.g. AS 1816.1-2007).
Standards are "living" documents — up to 15% of them change every year. This is why standards might have current, draft and withdrawn versions.
|International Standards (including British Standards)
|American National Standards Institute
|American Society for Testing & Materials
|Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
|Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers
|Standard Methods for the Examination of Water & Wastewater
|National Construction Code
|National Construction Code website
|Building Code of Australia
|Plumbing Code of Australia
|Australian Accounting Standards Board
|Australian Accounting Standards Board website