What is a standard?

Standards are jointly agreed solutions to recurrent problems. They are found in every area: from the simplest nail and screw to data communications, healthcare and the environment. Standards have an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives.

What standards comprise

All SIS' national and international standards are based on, developed through and quality-assured by the SIS standardization process. These standards are established within a broad range of industries and business sectors.

The application of standards is voluntary, but may function as an obligatory reference, as in the regulatory and procurement processes adopted by public authorities. SIS Standards are formal Swedish standards and international standards developed by SIS (Sweden), CEN (Europe) and the ISO (global).

A standard may contain product-performance requirements, describe how they may be tested or define the content of services and how they should be performed. It may also contain joint terminology or describe common symbols and signs.

The broad aim of standards is to facilitate trade and communication. Others are to

  • define clear guidelines for consistent function and quality,
  • improve processes and make them more efficient,
  • increase transparency and simplify comparison,
  • increase safety and accessibility,
  • conserve resources and reduce environmental impact,
  • promote development.

There are also various forms of technical specification that lack the status of standards but which also involve jointly developed agreements. A technical specification may often be developed at a time when the field in question is still insufficiently developed for the document to gain approval as a formal standard.

We have standards from every corner of the world

SIS forms part of a network that develops Swedish, European (CEN/the European Committee for Standardization) and global standards (ISO/International Organization for Standardization). We sell and provide data on Swedish as well as European and global standards

Our subscription service provides access to the latest versions of all standards and guidelines affecting your specific area of activity. One way to gain access to the most up-to-date standards in your special area of interest is to become a member of SIS and participate in a standardization project.

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How do we create standards?

Learn about how standards are made through the video below:

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Subtitles: English

Why do we need standards?

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Subtitles: English