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British standards

The most important standards organisation in the UK is the British Standards Institution, which is responsible for the vast majority of standards used here.

The Library now subscribes to British Standards Online which offers full-text access to British Standards at your desktop. The service is updated daily.

European (EN) and International (ISO) standards which have been implemented in the UK, are included in British Standards Online. If you have any queries about these, please ask your Subject Librarian.

European standards organisations

There are three major standards organisations in Europe, CEN (Comite Europeen de Normalisation - general topics), CENELEC (electrotechnical topics) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).

Check British Standards Online first to see if the standard has been adopted in the UK, if not contact your Subject Librarian or request the standard by Inter-Library Loan.

International standards organisations

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation)

ISO was established to promote the development of international standards and so make international trade in goods and services operate more easily. The ISO Web site is an excellent source of information on ISO and its standards, both in force and under development.

IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)

The IEC, not the ISO, looks after international standards on electrical and electronics topics. The IEC Web site contains much useful information and has good search facilities. The IEC and the CEE (International Commission on Rules for the Approval of Electrical Equipment) have become the IECEE but the database search facility remains at the IEC site.

ITU (International Telecommunications Union)

The ITU Web site provides large amounts of up-to-date information on ITU standards and their development. It covers the work of those bodies which used to be known as CCIR and CCITT (now ITU-R and ITU-T). Both ITU-R and ITU-T Recommendations are available on the ITU site.

American standards organisations

ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

In contrast to the UK, where BSI is responsible for most standardisation activity, in the US many bodies are responsible for developing standards. The role of ANSI is to coordinate the work of these organisations. The ANSI Web site is excellent with much information on American standards and many links to relevant organisations. The useful Standards Search facility covers ANSI and other standards adopted in the USA.

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

The IEEE Web site is an important source of standards information on, unsurprisingly, electrical and electronics topics. Many IEEE standards have been 'adopted' as international standards or as national standards in other countries. IEEE standards are also indexed in IEEE Xplore.

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)

Members of the University of Bradford have access to the SAE Digital Library. The Digital Library includes full-text access of over 10,000 SAE Standards, 17,000 SAE Historical Standards and 90,000 SAE technical papers.

SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers)

The SMPTE produces standards which are widely used outside the United States.

Other national and international standards bodies

NSSN Global

NSSN Global is ANSI's guide to national and international standards organisations.

For further help and information about standards please contact your Subject Librarian.

Recommended manuals

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) contains information about current standards, advice notes and other published documents relating to the design, assessment and operation of trunk roads, including motorways.