Finding Standards

Standards are developed by hundreds of U.S., international, foreign and regional organizations and finding the ones you need can be confusing and time-consuming. The resources below can help navigate the various organizations and standards.


To contact a specific organization directly, the following web sites provide listings of U.S., international, foreign and regional standards bodies.


For assistance in identifying specific standards, the following organizations have searchable bibliographic indexes available either free of charge or by subscription.

  • Standards Information Center
    NIST reference service for information on standards and technical regulations.
  • IHS - Global
    Global distributor of technical standards, codes, specifications, and related documents.
  • ILI Infodisk Inc.
    Worldwide provider of engineering standards and databases.
  • Document Center Inc.
    Provides technical standards, codes, specifications, and related information.
  • Library of Congress' Science, Technology and Business Division
    Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division maintains an extensive collection of U.S., foreign and international voluntary consensus standards in addition to Federal and military specifications. These documents are available for review in their library.
  • eStandards Store
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides information on nearly 100,000 standards and purchasing discounts to GSA customers.


Many standards developing organizations sell their own standards. There are also resellers who sell standards documents. The National Center for Standards and Certification Information provides a list of organizations authorized to sell these documents.


  • Military Standards and Specifications
    The Acquisition Streamlining and Standardization Information System (ASSIST) provides direct access to specifications, standards and related documents cataloged under the Department of Defense Standardization Program.
  • USDA Quality Standards
    Provide measurable attributes describing the value and utility of certain agricultural products.
  • Voluntary Product Standards Program
    Voluntary Product Standards (VPS) are published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Currently, there are three VPS concerning plywood, panels, and softwood lumber.
  • Federal Information Processing Standards Publications
    Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for Federal computer systems, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are intended for use government-wide. NIST develops FIPS when there are compelling Federal government requirements such as for security and interoperability and there are no acceptable industry standards or solutions.
  • National Homeland Security Standards
    The Standards Portfolio within the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate develops and coordinates the adoption of National standards and appropriate evaluation methods to meet homeland security mission needs.
  • U.S. General Services Administration
    Search the Index of Federal Specifications, Standards and Commercial Item Descriptions (FPMR 101-29.1). This document is issued for public use, as authorized by the Federal Property Management Regulations. Search for standards by Title/Document Number/FSC.
  • National Institute of Justice Standards and Testing Program
    National Institute of Justice develops voluntary standards for criminal justice and public safety equipment.
Created November 14, 2012, Updated August 25, 2016