What are standards?

Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines. They are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent.

They are based on industrial, scientific and consumer experience and are regularly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies.
They cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, business, information technology, human services to energy and water utilities, the environment and much more.
There are three kinds of standards: international, regional, and national.
  • International standards are developed by ISO, IEC, and ITU. Countries can adopt these standards directly for their national use. 
  • Regional standards are prepared by a specific region, such as the European Union, which develops EN standards. Similarly, joint Australian/New Zealand standards can be considered regional standards.
  • National standards can be developed by a national standards body (like Standards Australia) or other accredited bodies. Standards developed under the brand of Australian Standard® are developed within Australia or are adoptions of international standards.

RSI specialises in certification of the following standards:

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems