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Standards, Codes & Technical Reports

If you need a guiding document to help you in your work, here are some good sources.

Introduction

What are Standards?

Standards are a set of technical definitions and guidelines that function as instructions for designers, manufacturers, operators, or users of equipment.

What are Codes?

Codes are laws or regulations that specify minimum standards to protect health and safety.

What are Technical Regulations?

Technical regulations are a mandatory government requirement that defines the characteristics and/or performance requirements of a product, service or process.

Why are Standards, Codes and Regulations important?

  • They ensure a common language is being used relating to products and practices
  • They protect the public from questionable designs, products, practices and/or services
  • They provide a legal, enforceable means to evaluate the acceptability of products, practices and/or services

Standards and codes can be national or local.