This is chapter 3 of the Standards benefits for industry orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
Chapter 3 - Accessing the standard(s) you need
There are 1,000s of standards available, to address all manner of industry sectors, activities and subject areas.
How do you find the one you need?
First: Examine your business strategy to determine how standardization currently supports it and identify any GAPS that may prevent you from achieving your business goals. This will enable you to focus your research on finding the right standards to support your objectives.
Second: Visit SCC’s Standards Store. Search the comprehensive catalogue of available national, regional and international standards and related resources.
If you are unsure about which standard, or standards, you might need, or if you want to explore the breadth of standards that are available for your industry, you can search using general key words or perform a more detailed scan of the catalogue by using the advanced search option.
If you are familiar with a particular organization that has developed standards in your field, you can also search by organization name, or if you know the title of the standard, you can search by title or document number.
In the Standards Store, each standard is described in a brief abstract which includes:
- The date of the publication
- The name of the organization that developed it
- Notes outlining possible revisions, version updates or withdrawals
- The price of the standard (in Canadian currency), and
- The available format for the standard document
To purchase the standard, or standards, you need, follow the online prompts to register and create an account. If you are a returning user, simply log-in to select the standards you want and add them to your shopping cart.
Most standards are available in two formats:
print & electronic
If you purchase an electronic copy of a standard, you will be able to download the document immediately.
If the standard you require is available in hard copy only, you will receive the document by mail.
It is important to remember that the information contained in each standard is copyrighted.
It must not be duplicated or shared without proper authorization.
If your business will require extended access to multiple copies of a particular standard or series of standards, you may consider obtaining a National Copyright Exploitation Agreement from the Standards Council of Canada.