Standards & Schemes
Standards impact us in everyday life, in the workplace, at home, or while traveling.
Standards can be classified based on various criteria.
Standards may take the form of a specification, code of practice, guide, or method. For example, new buildings may need to meet construction specifications to ensure safety or environmental compliance. Alternatively, professionals may have a code of practice that helps them conform to their industry’s standards for deliverables or ethical behavior.
Standards apply to different geographic areas. Some are international in nature, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. Others are national or regional in scope.
Voluntary standards may also be called industry standards. They articulate best practices that improve the quality of products, services, or processes. While they are recommended, adoption is not required. However, compliance with mandatory standards is required to sell products or services. These standards may be imposed by industry regulators or governmental agencies.
ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
ISO 13485 Medical Devices Management Systems
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
ISO 20000 IT Service Management
ISO 22000 Food Safety Management
ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems
ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard
Management Systems Standards
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management Systems
Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP)
OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Standard
Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)