How do I access ISO standards?

Answered By: Subject Support McClay Library
Last Updated: Aug 02, 2022     Views: 1974

Finding ISO standards:

The Library does not subscribe to ISO standards, but the British Standards Online (BSOL) database includes ISO standards which have been adopted as British standards (e.g. BS EN ISO, BS ISO).

Search the British Standards Online database, to see if the ISO standard you need has been adopted as a British standard. You can search by the standard number (e.g. ISO 21222:2020) or by the title of the standard. If the ISO standard has been adopted as a British standard, you should find the relevant British standard (e.g. BS ISO 21222:2020) in the list of search results. 

Accessing ISO standards via the British Standards Online database:

There are two options for accessing documents on the British Standards Online database:

  • To view a document on the screen, select "Quick view"
  • To download a document, select "Download PDF"

BSI have recently applied digital rights management protection to PDFs on the British Standards Online database. This means:

  • downloaded PDFs can only be opened with a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader); downloaded PDFs will not open in a web browser
  • you are required to have the FileOpen plug-in installed on your computer
  • the first time you open a downloaded PDF, you will need to be connected to the internet, so that the document can be authenticated. Once the document has been authenticated, you can access it offline.

BSI provide further information and a download link for the FileOpen plug-in (see the Links & Files section below)

Printing restrictions:

BSI only permit printing of a single copy of a document. Printing any number of pages of a document (even a single page) is counted as a single print. BSI recommend that if you need a printed version, you print the entire document.

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