Electrical and Computer Engineering

What is a standard?

What are Standards, Codes, Specifications, and Technical Regulations?


A standard is a document that specifies the characteristics of a product, process, or service, such as dimensions, safety aspects, and performance requirements.


A Code refers to laws or regulations that specify minimum standards to protect public safety and health such as codes for the construction of buildings. Voluntary standards are incorporated into building codes


Specifications are a set of conditions and requirements of the precise and limited application that provide a detailed description of a procedure, process, material, product, or service for use primarily in procurement and manufacturing. Standards may be referenced or included in specifications.

Technical Regulations

Technical regulations are mandatory government requirements that define the characteristics and/or the performance requirements of a product, service, or process (see also Regulation). 

Finding Standards

Standards Organizations