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Standards, Codes & Technical Reports

If you need a guiding document to help you in your work, here are some good sources.

Standards, Codes, Technical Reports & Patents


What are Standards?

Standards are a set of technical definitions and guidelines that function as instructions for designers, manufacturers, operators, or users of equipment. Standards are often written by professional associations for use by those in the field. They ensure a common language is being used relating to products and practices, and protect the public from potentially unsafe designs, products, practices and/or services.


What are Codes?

Codes are laws or regulations that specify minimum standards to protect health and safety. Codes are often written by a non-governmental organization and then adopted into law in a state or municipality and must be followed by those who design and build housing, business and industrial buildings, and other structures in that state or municipality.


What are Technical Reports?

Technical reports are a form of scholarly communication that provide the results of comprehensive subject research but are not published in scholarly journals. Often, these reports are produced by government agencies for use by researchers in institutions, company research and development departments, and other governments who are also working in the same specialized field.


What are Patents?

Patents are the form of intellectual property registration specifically meant for inventions, including plants and designs, to prevent others from making, using, or selling the invention in the country of registration.