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What is a standard?

According to the British Standards Institute, a standard is essentially an agreed way of doing something, for example about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service, or supplying materials. They should provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product or service. They can cover a huge range of activities undertaken by organisations and used by their customers.

Technical standards are usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices.

International standards are available for consideration and use worldwide.

Please see the 'Related links' menu on the right-hand side of this page for sources of standards.

How to obtain British Standards in the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is a member of the British Standards Institute which allows the purchase of British standards at Member price (i.e. at a 50% discount). The cost can be charged back to a Department of Chemistry grant/ledger code. Please contact library staff or the Accounts Department for further information.