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An introduction to technical standards: what they are, where they come from, how to get them.


International standards promote compatibility across countries. They enable people to work and build on a common model regardless of location.

International Standards

Non-U.S. Standards

Non-U.S. standards are country specific. While some are the same or similar to United States industrial standards, there are differences in content as well as language and labels.