American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) - ABYC develops the voluntary consensus safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, maintenance and repair of small craft. Often, ABYC is the only source of standards for many aspects of the marine industry. The development of uniform standards is the basis for industry-wide comparisons of products and performance. In addition to the ABYC standards that are used around the world, ABYC is the head of the U.S. delegation to the International Standards Organization Small Craft Committee.
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) - Determines the structural and mechanical fitness of ships and other marine structures for their intended purpose through classification procedures. Classification involves the establishing and administering of standards, known as Rules, for the design, construction, and operational maintenance of marine vessels and structures. ABS is the third largest classification society in the world with a rich history of providing the maritime industry with excellence in standards, surveying, engineering, and research and development. Also see ABS Rules and Guides.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) - The ASABE Standards Program is the recognized standards developer for engineering in agricultural, food, and biological systems. The Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) Administrator for several ISO technical committees and subcommittees, and one IEC committee.
ASTM International - Formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 120 countries.
Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally.
Bureau Veritas - A global leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Delivers a comprehensive range of services including inspection, testing, auditing, certification, ship classification and related technical assistance, training and outsourcing.
Construction Book Express (CBE) - Offers the widest selection of building codes, standards, study guides, exam-preps, business forms, training videos and software for today's professionals. national electrical code. Also provides current International Building Codes.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) - A standards and trade organization for the consumer electronics industry in the United States. CEA works to influence public policy, holds events such as the International CES and SINOCES, conducts market research, and helps its members and regulators implement technical standards.
CSA Group - Works with businesses, organizations and code authorities all around the world to help create a safer, more sustainable world for people and for business. Works in more than 50 areas of technology, including new technologies such as electric vehicles, alternative fuels, nano materials, wind and solar energy and fuel cells.
Det Norske Veritas - DNV is a leading provider of safety and reliability services, where classification, certification, verification and advisory services are key activities authorized to act on behalf of some 110 national maritime authorities. DNV establishes Rules and Guidelines for the classification of ships, mobile offshore platforms and other floating marine structures. It also issues rules and standards for the classification, certification and verification of fixed offshore structures.
European Association of Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) - A non-profit organisation based in Brussels. The Alliance brings together national advertising self-regulatory organisations (SROs) and organisations representing the advertising industry in Europe. The Alliance is an authoritative voice on advertising self-regulation issues and promotes high ethical standards in commercial communications by means of effective self-regulation, while being mindful of national differences of culture, legal and commercial practice.
EverySpec - Premiere source for free downloads of government and military standards, specifications, handbooks, and documents.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - An independent U.S. government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.
Federal Geographic Data Committee - The FGDC is developing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in cooperation with organizations from State, local and tribal governments, the academic community, and the private sector. The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data
Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) - Establishes and improves standards of financial accounting and reporting for the guidance and education of the public, including issuers, auditors, and users of financial information.
Germanischer Lloyd - An independent and impartial classification society which supervises safety and quality on behalf of their clients, mainly for ships and for maritime installations.
GS1 - An independent, not-for-profit organisation working to make UK organisations more efficient by getting everybody speaking the same language when it comes to locating, transporting and trading goods. Sets standards, using unique numbers, for global use which makes the reliable identification of products and assets possible.
Human Development Reports - Independent reports commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The product of a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP, these reports provide analysis and policy recommendations for more than 130 countries.
IASPlus - The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), formerly International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC), sets standards for business financial statements. This website, maintained by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, provides comprehensive information about international financial reporting.
International Code Council (ICC) - Established as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national building safety code standards. Dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the ICC.
International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) - A subsidiary of the International Code Council, Inc., an organization that develops and enforces the most widely adopted building codes in the nation. Ddedicated to changing the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building tragedies by promoting ideas, methods and technologies that encourage the construction of durable, sustainable buildings and homes.
International Commission on Illumination (CIE) - Devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, and image technology. Since its inception in 1913, the CIE has become a professional organization and has been accepted as representing the best authority on the subject and as such is recognized by ISO as an international standardization body.
InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) - INCITS is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as ANSI's Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for international standardization in the field of Information Technology.
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) - IEC is the leading global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. These serve as a basis for national standardization and as references when drafting international tenders and contracts. The IEC charter embraces all electrotechnologies including electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication, and energy production and distribution, as well as associated general disciplines such as terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement and performance, dependability, design and development, safety and the environment.
International Ship Management Association (ISMA) - The ISMA Code of Shipmanagement Standards was unanimously accepted by all founder members of the ISMA. The ISMA Code is generally recognised as the most comprehensive quality code for shipping in the world.
International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - The ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. It is the leading publisher of telecommunication technology, regulatory and standards information. ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies. As the global focal point for governments and the private sector, ITU's role in helping the world communicate spans 3 core sectors: radiocommunication, standardization and development. ITU also organizes TELECOM events and was the lead organizing agency of the World Summit on the Information Society.
Joint Commission - Evaluates and accredits nearly 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Linked Content Coalition - The European Publishers Council (ECP) is working with partners in a project to facilitate the creation of the necessary infrastructure to enable the more effective management of copyright online. The project about the communication and management of digital rights data; i.e. the creation of a standard data infrastructure for increasingly automated rights communication. The objective of this project is to clear the ground to lay the foundations for a more coherent organisation of metadata and rights information through the adoption of cross-media rights communication standards. EPC has tentatively called this alliance of interests the Linked Content Coalition.
NACE International - Involved in every industry and area of corrosion prevention and control, from chemical processing and water systems to transportation and infrastructure protection.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Codes and Standards -NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. Virtually every building, process, service, design, and installation in society today is affected by NFPA documents.
National Information Standards Organization (NISO) - Identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation. Also see Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ), NISO's print and electronic magazine for communicating standards-based technology and best practices in library, publishing, and information technology, particularly where these three areas overlap.
National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) - Provides third-party accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories. NVLAP's accreditation programs are established in response to Congressional mandates or administrative actions by the Federal Government or from requests by private-sector organizations. NVLAP is in full conformance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including ISO/IEC 17025 and Guide 58. NVLAP identifies its accredited laboratories in a published directory, NIST Special Publication 810, and on this web site, Directory of Laboratories.
Next Generation Science Standards - New standards are being drafted based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was developed by the National Research Council, the staffing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and released in July 2011. The vision laid out in the Framework identifies what students need to know and be able to do to be a functional citizen, which includes being scientifically literate and an effective member of the U.S. workforce.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America.
Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) - An online database of materials held by a library or group of libraries. Users search a library catalog principally to locate books and other material physically located at a library.
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) - An international industry consortium of 253 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing specifications.
RILEM - International union of laboratories and experts in construction materials, systems and structures. The mission of RILEM is to advance scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures and to encourage transfer and application of this knowledge world-wide.
TAPPI - Also known as the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.
Techstreet - Provides engineers, librarians and technical professionals with reliable access to mission-critical industry codes and standards. Customers can freely access an online database of over 400,000 industry codes and standards aggregated from 350 of the world's leading Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs). Engineering standards, specifications, technical books, and more technical resources for engineers, technicians, scientists and other technical people: ANSI, API, AWWA, ASTM, CSA, DIN, ISO, NSF, ASME, ASM, IEC, IEEE, ISA, UL, AGA, ISPE, technical books, electronics, industry standards, technical standards, technical specifications, specs, technical publications, engineering standards, engineering books, documentation, regulation, safety, training, materials data. Techstreet is in the scientific division of Thomson Reuters.
United States Pharmacopeia (USP) - An official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other health care products manufactured or sold in the United States.
Wolfsberg Group - An association of twelve global banks, which aims to develop financial services industry standards, and related products, for Know Your Customer, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing policies.
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