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 How to Use the Standards Catalogue

Structure of the Standards Catalogue is decribed below:

This part of the Web site provides the organization's catalogue of standards. The catalogue is composed of the following sections:
Published Standards (provides bibliographic information on standards and standards-type documents)
Other publications (provides bibliographic information on publications other than standards and standards-type documents)
Withdrawals (provides information on withdrawn standards and standards-type documents)
The sections Standards, Other publications and Withdrawn standards have a navigation bar (red colour) containing links to the sections Technical committees and Work programme. This makes it easy to navigate from the catalogue to the standards development sections and back. The bar also contains a link to a search form providing possibilities for retrieval of information on standards and standards-type documents. The Help link of the bar is linked to the current page.
In the Standards section, all standards-type documents, such as guides, international standardized profiles, recommendations, technical reports, technical trends assessments, etc., are classified into fields, groups and sub-groups according to the International Classification for Standards (ICS). The ICS is a hierarchical classification which consists of three levels. Level 1 covers broad fields of activity in standardization. Each field contains a two-digit notation:
The fields are subdivided into groups (level 2). The notation for a group consists of the field notation and a three-digit group number separated by a point:
e.g. 11.040 Medical equipment
A number of groups are further divided into sub-groups (level 3). The notation of a sub-group consists of the group notation and a two-digit number separated by a point:
e.g. 11.040.30 Surgical instruments and materials
The same standard may be classified in several groups and/or sub-groups. If a standard completely covers the subject of a group which is subdivided into sub-groups, this standard is classified under the sub-group which has the notation terminating with ".01".
A full copy of the ICS is available on the WSSN web site: (http://www.wssn.net/WSSN/RefDocs/refdocs.html).
The Standards section contains the following bibliographic information on standards:
a) Reference number - This consists of a prefix, a serial number and the year of publication. The prefix will usually be "ISO" to indicate that the publication is an ISO International Standard.
The prefix ISO/IEC denotes a joint ISO and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) publication. ISO/IEC International Standards are most often developed by Joint ISO/IEC Technical Committee JTC 1. IEC International Standards with the prefix IEC, but which carry both the ISO and IEC logos, are also included in the catalogue. Such standards either belong to JTC 1, or have been developed in close cooperation with an ISO committee. Similarly to the ISO/IEC prefix, the ISO/CIE prefix denotes a joint ISO and CEI (International Commission on Illumination) International Standard.
The prefix may also contain an indication of the type of document:
Amd. denotes an Amendment - a normative document, developed according to consensus procedures, approved according to the procedures relevant to the document being amended, and which changes the technical normative elements of that document.
Cor. denotes a Technical corrigendum - a document issued to correct a technical error or ambiguity in a normative document or to correct information that has become outdated, provided the modification has no effect on the technical normative elements of the document it corrects.
Guide - either a document dealing with non-normative matters relating to international standardization, for example the application of "horizontal" standards; or a normative document developed by a structure other than a TC/SC, e.g. a policy development committee.
ISP denotes an International Standardized Profile - an internally agreed, harmonized document which identifies a standard or group of standards, together with options and parameters, necessary to perform a function or set of functions.
ITA denotes an Industry Technical Agreement - a technical document developed by a workshop outside the technical structures of ISO and IEC.
PAS denotes a Publicly Available Specification - a normative document, representing a consensus between experts, approved by a simple majority of the P-members of a TC or SC, and published to respond to an urgent market need for such a normative document. Note that a PAS may not conflict with an existing International Standard, but competing PAS on the same subject are permitted.
R denotes a Recommendation. This designation was used up to 1972, when ISO began to publish International Standards. Since then, as they have been revised, ISO recommendations have gradually been republished as International Standards. A limited number of ISO recommendations still remain valid and available.
TR denotes a Technical Report - an informative document containing information of a different kind (e.g. collection of data) from that normally published in an International Standard.
TTA denotes a Technology Trends Assessment - a document published to respond to the need for global collaboration on standardization questions during the early stages of technical innovation and which gives the state of the art or trend in emerging fields. TTAs are typically the result of prestandardization work or research.
TS denotes a Technical Specification - a normative document, developed according to consensus procedures and approved by two-thirds of the P-members of the responsible committee, which is published either when the required support cannot be obtained for the publication of an International Standard or when the subject is still under technical development, or where for any other reason there is the future, but no immediate, possibility of agreement on an International Standard. Note that a TS may not conflict with an existing International Standard, but competing TS on the same subject are permitted.
The prefix is followed by a serial number which may include a part number, separated by a hyphen from the main number. The serial number is followed by the year of publication separated from the serial number by a colon.
b) Title of the standard
c) Title of a specific part of the standard
d) Edition - ISO standards are reviewed at maximum intervals of five years by the relevant technical committee, to determine whether they should be confirmed, revised or withdrawn. The publication dates indicated in this Catalogue are those of the latest edition, which may be an original or a revised standard. The ISO standards included in the list of standards classified by subject are valid. If a standard has not re-entered a review cycle, then the latest date of confirmation may be seen from the stage code, i.e. Stage code 90.93 (International Standard confirmed); the Stage date gives the date when the stage was reached, i.e., in this case, when the standard was confirmed.
e) Languages - The official languages of ISO are English, French and Russian. ISO International Standards and standards-type documents are usually published by the Central Secretariat in separate English and French editions. Certain standards, especially in the field of terminology, are published in bilingual (English, French) or trilingual (English, French, Russian) editions. Standards in certain fields, most notably in the field of information technology, are frequently published in English only. The ISO Members may publish ISO standards in other languages.
NOTE: Bilingual and trilingual editions may additionally include one or more non-official languages.
f) Number of pages of the standard
g) Price code - information on price codes is given below in How to order standards and other publications
NOTE - Technical corrigenda to standards are free of charge and are marked with an asterisk (*) in place of a price code.
h) Technical committee/subcommittee - refers to the technical committee and subcommittee responsible for the development and maintenance of the standard.
i) ICS - the ICS (International Classification for Standards) notation of the group or sub-group in which a given standard is classified. If a standard is classified in several groups and/or sub-groups, the notations of all these groups and/or sub-groups, separated by a semicolon, are presented.
j) Publication date - refers to the date when the document was published either electronically or in a hardcopy form.


Browse and Search  [back to top]

The listing Standards is based on the ICS classification. Levels are hyperlinked, making it convenient to navigate through the entire classification.
Browse by subject - In the section Standards you will see the list of ICS fields. Select the subject field required and the groups and sub-groups of ICS will be seen. Select the group or the sub-group of your interest and a list of documents is displayed. The reference to each document can then be selected to reveal the bibliographic information on the document.
Search Form - This form allows searching the Standards and Work programme sections by number and/or keyword(s).
Other publications section  [back to top]
Provides bibliographic information on publications other than standards and standards-type documents.
The Withdrawn standards section presents, in numerical order, a list of withdrawn standards and standards-type documents. Select a range of standards to be listed and then select the item of your interest in order to see the following information:
  • Reference number and title of the withdrawn document
  • Date of the withdrawal
  • Committee or organization responsible for the withdrawn standard
  • Reference number(s) of the document(s) replacing the withdrawn document (where applicable)

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