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Overview of non-German publishers of standards

Overview of all non-German organisations whose standards you can purchase on our website:


The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the main trade association representing the U.S. oil and natural gas industry. Among API's chief tasks are advocacy and negotiation with governmental and other regulatory agencies, research, education outreach, and the establishment and certification of industry standards. Today, API is actively involved with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and other international bodies. API is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization (SDO).


The Association française de normalisation (AFNOR) is the official French national standardization organization (NSO), and as a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) represents France in international standards activities. AFNOR not only develops the national "NF Standards", but as the "AFNOR Group" is also extensively involved in certification and training, serving over 75,000 customers in 90 countries worldwide.


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a not-for-profit professional organization, is one of the oldest standards-developing organizations (SDOs) in the world. It is responsible for approximately 600 codes and standards, and is best known for the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) which is applied worldwide.


ASTM International (ASTM), originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, develops standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Although it is not the national standards body representing the U.S. within ISO (this role being taken on by ANSI), ASTM is one of the largest standards development organizations not only within the U.S., but throughout the world, and its standards are often applied internationally.


The American Welding Society (AWS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide for the dissemination of leading new technologies or applications to the welding industry worldwide. The AWS develops codes, specifications, guides, recommended practices and books related to welding and joining.


The British Standards Institution (or BSI) is the national standards organization of the UK, and develops the national BS Standards. The BSI Group has grown into a large business services organization that develops private, national and international standards, certifies management systems and products, and provides testing, training and software services.


The Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (GOST) is the national standards body of the Russian Federation and represents Russia in international (and regional) standardization organizations. It is also responsible for the accreditation of test laboratories and certification bodies, state inspections, and coordinating GOST R certification activities.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association, with more than 395.000 members in around 150 countries. One of the leading standards-setting organizations in the world, IEEE performs its standards-making functions through the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). IEEE standards affect a wide range of industries including power and energy, biomedical and healthcare, information technology (IT), telecommunications, transportation, nanotechnology, information assurance, and many more.


Although the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC) is the Japanese ISO Member, the publication and distribution of JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) is carried out by the Japanese Standards Association (JSA). JSA also actively participates in ISO and IEC work in developing international standards, and directly and indirectly supports these activities.


Based in the U.S., the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) publishes more than 500 standards, application guides, and technical papers. NEMA defines standards for many commonplace electrical interconnects, and outlines manufacturing standards for electrical products, such as various grades of electrical enclosures. NEMA also participates in ISO and IEC standardization activities.


A leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), established in 1896, develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. NFPA membership totals over 75 000 individuals around the world.


Formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), SAE International is now an internationally active organization for mobility engineering professionals in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. Within the U.S., the Society is a standards development organization (SDO) setting standards for the engineering of powered vehicles of all kinds, including cars, trucks, boats and aircraft.


A non-profit association, the Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación (AENOR) is responsible for the development, publication and promotion of Spanish standards (UNE standards), and as the Spanish national standards body is a member of ISO. Its presence at international forums, both European and American, guarantees Spanish participation in the development of standardisation and the international recognition of AENOR certification.


Officially founded in 1924, the Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) of the Valve and Fittings Industry is a non-profit technical association organized for development and improvement of industry, national and international codes and standards for valves, pipe fittings, flanges, and seals. At national level, the MSS participates in activities within several U.S. standards organizations. It is also involved in international standardization, providing leaders for U.S. delegations to many ISO meetings.


The Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) is an association of North American manufacturers and suppliers of industrial fasteners, and publishes the IFI Standards and other publications relating to fastener technologies.


Originally known as the Instrument Society of America, the International Society of Automation (ISA) is a non-profit North American organization known for setting standards and educating industry professionals in automation. ISA is also involved in international standards development activities, including the harmonization of standards on electrical equipment for use in explosive atmospheres. For example, ISA published the first U.S. versions of the IEC 60079 series as early as 1987.


Underwriters Laboratories® is an independent U.S. American product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19 000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 66 000 manufacturers' products each year. UL also holds shares in the certification body DQS, an associated company of DIN, and is a member of the internationally active DQS-UL Group.