Standards Information

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Standards Information

Standards are documents that describe the important features of a product, service or system. They are agreed-upon specifications and guidelines for the performance, operation or composition of a product or process. Regulatory agencies create standards that have legal weight; other organizations create standards that are adopted voluntarily because they provide a means of correlating measures and create a common ground.

The Standards Council of Canada is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada. It has accredited four standards development organizations: Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) and Bureau de normalisation du Quebec (BNQ).

There are literally thousands of individual standards and an equal number of standards’ issuing bodies or agencies. Brock University subscribes to full-text ISO accredited Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) databases. Additionally, the Internet provides access to individual standards catalogues, indexes and collections.  

Please note that most full-text standards are provided from fee-based suppliers. However, you can consult these databases to identify a particular standard's name, number and description.

Standards Search Engines:

TECHSTREET STORE indexes and provides descriptions of engineering and technical documents from over 55 standards developing nations

IHS Standards Store is a comprehensive source of technical industry standards and government and military standards.

Document Center monitors new and interdisciplinary standards from all disciplines and jurisdictions.

Major Standards Associations:

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials

CGSB - Canadian General Standards Board

CSA - Canadian Standards Association

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

ISO - International Organization for Standardization

Technical Standard Associations (Wikipedia)




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