The Business Standards Encyclopedia


Welcome to The Business Standards Encyclopedia. This is an independent portal intended to document the major busines standards for reference. We will simply outline the contents, and any other relevant information for the potential user. In this context the potential user may be a consultant, an auditor, or anyone within an organization which is using or implementing standards.

It is not an online store. Rather than attempting to emulate the many providers of standards already in situ on the internet, we will direct you to the purchase page(s) of one or more of the major suppliers for each standard.


We are often asked 'Why have standards?' and 'Why should we use them?' and similar questions. These questions are entirely valid, so we have also provided a series of reference pages (see above) which cover the major aspects of standardization, the benefits and so forth. These will hopefully provide a useful short introduction.


If you are interested in a specific standard, simply click on the appropriate link in the left hand panel.

If you wish to research the benefits of standardization, or information on conforming with business standards, select one of the options at the top of this page.

If you are a standards body and wish to be involved in this project, please get in touch with us via the contact page above.

The Major Publishers
International Standards Organization.

ISO is a global federation of over 150 national standards bodies, with headquarters in Switzerland. Through consensus it publishes standards for business, governments and consumers.

British Standards Institute

The oldest standards body in the world is still one of the biggest publishers in the world, offering over 27,000 publications and providing a range of support services.

American National Standards Institute

ANSI was founded in 1918 and coordinates the development and use of voluntary consensus standards in the United States.

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