International Standards Online
Welcome to the ISO Standards Bookshop, official distributor of international standards. Here you will find access to standards covering a vast range of industries and topics.
For additional value, we also offer a number of kits, comprising standards which are related to each other and are usually procured together.
For information on each standard, simply select the standard from the list on the right hand side, or seach using the search facility.
WHAT IS A STANDARD?
BSI describes a standard as "a published specification that establishes a common language, and contains a technical specification or other precise criteria and is designed to be used consistently, as a rule, a guideline, or a definition".
The standards themselves cover a vast array of subjects and topics, and of course include products and services of almost every description. To quantify this, some libraries contain over half a million standards!
There are many different advantages to be gained through the proper use of standards. For example, they are becoming increasing important to trade because they can form the basis of a common understanding between trading partners. They can also reassure customers, who often see confirmance with a standard as an indication of quality and safety.
WHAT ARE ISO AND BS STANDARDS?
ISO is the International Standard Organization. It is essentially a federation of national standards bodies from around 150 different countries.
Established in 1947, it is non-governmental organization, with a mission broadly to promote the development of standardization with the objective of facilitating international trade. ISO standards are of course prefixed with 'ISO' (eg: ISO 9000).
BSI is the British Standards Institute. This is the oldest standards body in the world, stemming from a meeting of various industrial institutes in 1901. It alone currently publishes over 20,00 standards and has operations in over 100 countries. The prefix for its standards is BS (eg: BS7799).
HOW DO I OBTAIN A STANDARD?
Very easily... simply identify the standard or standards you require on this web site, and order them online. They will be delivered worldwide via UPS.