Standards organizations

International Electrotechnical Commision (IEC)
Posted: 2010-11-19

The mission of the IEC is to promote international co-operation on all questions of standardization and related matters, such as the assessment of conformity to standards, in the fields of electricity, electronics and related technologies. It provides a forum for the preparation and implementation of consensus-based voluntary international standards. ANSI is the official US representative to the IEC.

The IEC publications are in English, French and Russian. Among their publications are:

  • International standards and technical reports
  • A Multilingual Dictionary of Electricity, Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Technology Trend Assessments (TTAs)
  • Annual Catalogue of IEC Publications

The IEC recently announced that, the complete collection of international electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) publications is now available on CD-ROM. For additional information on the program, visit For more information on the IEC and its work, visit their web site at

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Posted: 2010-11-19

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from 100 countries (Each country has one representative). The US Representative to ISO is ANSI.

ISO is a non-governmental organization with the mission of "promoting the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitation the international exchange of goods and services, and developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity."

The scope of ISO is not limited to any particular field; it covers all standardization fields except electrical and electronic engineering, which is the responsibility of IEC. When necessary, the responsibility for work programs are assigned to IEC or ISO by mutual agreement. In certain cases of mutual interest, joint technical bodies or working groups are set up.

ISO has over 175 working committees.

The primary publications of ISO are International Standards, a list of which appears in the ISO Catalog. They issue a number of other publications which include the standards handbooks, guides and informational books and pamphlets.

For information about ISO, its working committees and ordering information visit their web site at

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Posted: 2010-11-19

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) serves as administrator and coordinator of the U.S. private sector voluntary standardization process. Founded in 1918, the Institute remains a private nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations. ANSI represents the interests of nearly 1,400 company, organization, government agency, institutional and international members.

ANSI develops American National Standards by establishing consensus among qualified groups. Their guiding principles of consensus, due process and openness are followed by the more than 175 distinct entities accredited by the Institution.

They promote the use of U.S. standards internationally, advocates U.S. policy and technical positions in international and regional organizations, and encourages the adoption of international standards where they meet the needs of the user community. They are the sole U.S. representative and dues-paying member of the two major non-treaty international standards organization, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and takes an active role in the governance of both.

For more information about ANSI and information about ordering documents, you may visit them on the web at
Or you may order standards and other publications from ANSI by Phone, Fax or Mail.

American National Standards Institute
Attn: Customer Service
11 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Telephone: 212-642-4900 (8:45 AM to 4:45 PM Eastern Standard Time)
FAX 212-302-1286

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Posted: 2010-11-19

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was established by Congress "to assist industry in the development of technology ... needed to improve product quality, to modernize manufacturing processes, to ensure product reliability ... and to facilitate rapid commercialization ... of products based on new scientific discoveries."

As an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST's primary mission is to promote U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. NIST works very closely with ANSI (the U.S. representative to ISO and IEC) to provide communications and coordination between the federal government standards interests and those of the private sector.

For information or ordering of current and past NIST publication, call the General Inquiries Unit on 301-975-3058. For more information about NIST, visit them at

Military Specifications and Standards
Posted: 2010-11-19

The Department of Defense (DOD) has appointed the Defense Automated Printing Service (DAPS) in Philadelphia as the agent for Standardization Program Automation. As such, DAPS is responsible for electronic document storage, indexing, cataloging, publish-on-demand, distribution and sale of Military Specifications and Standards.

The following categories of documents may be ordered from DAPS:

  • Military / Performance / Detail Specifications
  • Military Standards
  • DOD-adopted Non-Government / Industry Specifications and Standards
  • Federal Specifications and Standards
  • Military Handbooks
  • Qualified Products / Manufacturers Lists (QPL $ QPMs)
  • USAF / USN aeronautic Standards / Design Standards
  • USAF Specification Bulletins

For ordering information contact DAPS at the following address:

Defense Automated Printing Service
700 Robbins Avenue
Building 4-D
Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094
Attention Customer Service

Telephone: 215-697-2179
FAX: 215-697-1462

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