Classifications of Standards

  • Beginner 1, Course 8

Although the standardisation literature offers various classifications of standards, many of these classifications seem to be unsystematic. i) A systematic classification might be beneficial for SDOs, as they could describe standardisation projects, develop criteria to determine if standards are within their scope, and enhance the identification of standards. ii) The same author added that a systematic classification might be beneficial for SDOs users, as well.

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the need for the classification of standards;
  2. Understand subject-matter-related classifications;
  3. Understand classifications related to standards development;
  4. Understand classifications related to standards use;
  5. Explain the differences between de jure and de facto standards;
  6. Explain the differences between horizontal and vertical standards; and
  7. Understand that standards developed by professional and industrial associations, business associations, consortia, and fora may eventually become formal standards.



B1 C8
Beginner 1
Training Courses
University of Belgrade in Serbia
Ivana Mijatovic
Biljana Tosic