Resources and Information

What is a standard? A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

Standards bring technological, economic and benefits to society. They help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient, and good for the environment.

Standards are strategic tools and guidelines to help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. They ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets.

What is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)?
“ISO” is a word, derived from the Greek isos, meaning “equal”. The name “ISO” is used around the world to denote the International Organization for Standardization. The use of this word, rather than an acronym such as IOS, avoids the plethora of acronyms resulting from the translation of “International Organization for Standardization” into different languages.

The International Organization for Standardization is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 140 countries. According to its website, its mission is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The International Organization for Standardization’s work results in international agreements that are published as international standards. For more information, visit the International Organization for Standardization’s website at

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ISO – International Organization for Standardization –

American Society for Quality –

American National Standards Institute (e-standard) –

ANSI (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board ) –

American Society for Testing and Materials –

Baldrige National Quality Program –

The Department of Defense Single Stock Point
for Military Specifications, Standards and Related Publications –

Government Printing Office (GPO) –

International Aerospace Quality Group –

National Archives and Records Administration’s Code of Federal Regulations –
Retrieve CFR by citation –

National Institute of Standards and Technology –

Recycling Standards
e-Stewards –
BAN- Basel Action Network –
R2 Solutions as of 6/4/14, welcomed the formation of SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), which will succeed R2 Solutions in developing and promoting the R2 Standard. To learn more about SERI or the R2 Standard, please visit     Click here to read the Press Release 6/5/14

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TL 9000 – QuEST Forum –

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) –

Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers (BIFMA) – or

ISO 50001 and SEP –

Technology Standards
ISO 27001 IT Security Management

For more information on the Information Technology Security Management Standard ISO 27001 click here.

ISO 20000 IT Service Management
For more information on the Information Technology Service Management Standard ISO 20000 click here.

Preparedness:  Business Continuity Standards:
ISO 22301   For more information on the Standard go to:

Additional General Information:


Quality Digest:
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