International Standards Search Resource

CCSi has searched the Internet, literally from A to Z, and from top to bottom, to provide our valued customers with the most comprehensive sources for locating standards related to the industries we serve.

Suggestions for Searching & Researching

It is important to realize that most standards (used here to encompass methods, practices, procedures, specifications, classifications, etc.) having been developed by diverse organizations, are not necessarily “technically identical” … although they may be similar.

Documents adopted by one standards developing organization (SDO) of another, often contain nuances and changes that substantially alter it from the original document. Cross referenced methods should be regarded carefully, and the complete text of each examined thoroughly.

Most of the SDOs have websites with searchable databases containing not only those documents which are currently in publication, but superseded ones as well. The database search engines of the SDO’s vary widely in protocol, however they have one commonalty … they are oriented to finding information in their system.

A hierarchal methodology that seems to provide acceptable results is to use:

  • a resource that provides references to many SDOs, NSSN is an example;
  • the reference number of the desired document (if it is known);
  • the reference number of the source document;
  • words from the “keyword” section if they are provided;
  • words from the title;
  • words or phrases from section or subsection headings;
  • words or phrases from the body of the document;
  • your intuition!

If you have difficulty, please do not hesitate to use the eMail link at the top of this page (RFI) … either with a request for research assistance, general questions, or suggestions for additional resources that should be added to this document.

CCSi Standards Search Resources

 AATCC American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
 AENOR Asociación Española de Normalización
 AFNOR Association Française de Normalisation
 ANSI American National Standards Institute
 ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
 ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International)
 BSI British Standards Institute
 CEN Comité Européen de Normalisation
 CNS Chinese National Standards (Taiwan, R.O.C.)
 DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung
 DoD U.S. Department of Defense (STINET/DTIC)
 DoD U.S. Department of Defense (Defense Standardization Program)
 IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
 IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
 ISA The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society
 ISO International Organization for Standardization
 JIS Japanese Industrial Standards Committee
 JSA Japanese Standards Association
 NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association
 NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
 NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
 NSSN National Standards Systems Network
 SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
 SPE Society of Plastics Engineers
 SAP Standardization Administration of China
 TAPPI Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry

Index Terms

standards, cross reference, ASTM Standards, standards research, standards resource, international standards, standards development organizations, SDO, cross reference, AENOR, AATCC, AFNOR, ANSI, ASME, ASTM, BSI, CEN, EN, SE, CNS, DIN, DoD, IEC, IEEE, ISA, ISO, JIS, JSA, NEMA, NHTSA, NIST, NBS, NSSN, SAE, SPE, SAP, TAPPI

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