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Standards Organizations that Offer Free Access to Their Standards

The majority of standards developing organizations depend on the revenue from the sale of standards to support their programs and services. But a growing number of standards organizations make access to their standards for viewing or download available for no cost. sco [at] (Let us know) if your organization should be added to this list.

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - Free to members

ASTM Reading Room

The Broadband Forum

Consultative Committee on Space Data Systems (CCSDS)

ECMA International

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) - Free standards; registration required


Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

IMS Global

Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation

IPC Association - Some Free Standards

ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) - Approximately 200 JTC1 standards are available for free online

International Society of Automation (ISA) - Free to Members

The Internet Society (ISOC)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Electronic Bookstore - 3 free ITU Recommendations on registration

Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC) - Free to members

Khronos Group

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - Standards and codes free to view; registration required

National Information Standards Organization (NISO) - Some free standards

National Institute of Standards and Technology/Information Technology Laboratory

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)

Object Management Group, Inc. (OMG)

Process Industry Practices (PIP) - Free to members

RTCA Electronic Documents - Free to members

Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE) 

Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) - ANSI/SAAMI standards are available in electronic format free of charge; there is a nominal charge for hard copies.

Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO)

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1

Underwriters Laboratories - standards are free to view

VITA Standards Organization - Free to members

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)




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Created September 4, 2018, Updated June 7, 2022