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Standards & Specifications: A How-To Guide

Guide to searching for, and locating full-text of, industry standards.

Standards during COVID-19

Many standards developing organizations are opening up access to standards relevant to COVID-19 during the pandemic. See below for a not comprehensive list of organizations and standards available to the public during this time of crisis. Free access to these standards is time limited and cannot be guaranteed.


AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) has released three standards for public access, focusing on protective equipment and disinfection.


ASHRAE is providing free read-only access to selected standards and guidelines relating to air quality in buildings, aircraft, health care facilities, etc.


ISU users already have access to ASTM standards via ASTM Compass. For users who are not affiliated with ISU, ASTM has opened up a selection of standards related to COVID-19 response. Topics cover masks, gloves, medical gowns, respirators, and hand sanitizers.



As of April 2020, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has expanded their COVID-19 standards portal to include select IEC standards.


10 standards are included in IEEE's free-to-access COVID-19 response package.


ANSI is providing access to key ISO standards supporting biological evaluation of medical devices; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience.

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