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What are standards?

Standards are "documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose" (, 2017)

The purpose of a standard in any sector is to ensure quality, safety and efficiency.

Example: ISO 8714: Electric road vehicles - reference energy consumption and range - test procedures for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. 

Regulation of standards

Standards are regulated at national and international level.

Based in Geneva, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been publishing international standards in every sector since 1947. It works with its membership of national standards bodies - sharing knowledge, devising, developing and revising standards in a global network.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is Ireland's official standards and measurement body

Our access to standards via the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)

Standards are not freely available on the Web; we have access through our subscription to the NSAI database on the SAI Global i2i platform. Find it on our A-Z Databases list (under 'national'), or click on the link below.

Search by Standard number (eg. ISO 6460) or keyword