Searching for standards

The search box is found above the top navigation bar on the right-hand side of each page. 

You can search for a standard by entering the title, keywords, or numbers that you want to search such as ‘3604’ or ‘timber buildings’ into the search box and click ‘GO’.

Your search results will be displayed. At this stage, you may choose to sort your search results by Relevancy/Modification date (date published)/standard number (numerical order). You can refine your search using the ‘Refine search results’ box. To add keywords to your search, enter them into the box below the title ‘Keywords’; you can also refine your results by the ‘Publisher’ and ‘Status’* of the publication by clicking the tick box. Once you have found the product you are looking for, click on it for further information, such as a description about the product, what the product is for, the various product options and their prices, and to add it to your shopping cart.

Search & buy standards

You can also search using the ‘Search & buy standards’ page. Here, again, you can search using keywords and numbers in the search box on the web page.

You can also browse through our catalogue of standards, handbooks, and other documents. These are listed under ICS (International Classification for Standards) codes. ICS is a convention managed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is a way of classifying standards into fields, for example, food technology, electrical engineering, or mining and minerals. Click on an ICS code and the results are displayed. Narrow your search by using the sub-categories – you will find these under the ‘Refine search results’ box.

Online Library customers

Online Library customers, as well as using the above searches, can also search within their subscription. While logged in as an Online Library administrator or Read-Only user, you can search within your Online Library subscription from the Online Library portfolio page. You can also use the search box at the top of the page and select the ‘Restrict search to your subscribed products?’ tick box in the ‘Refine search results’ box.

Our website is set up for display on the most recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 9. If the site is not displaying on your browser, please either request assistance from your IT department, or let us know on 0800 782 632.

If you can’t find the standard or the information you are looking for, please call 0800 782 632 during business hours or email

*This means whether they are current, in draft form, have been superseded, or have been withdrawn.