Help on using search

Specific searches

Several ways are provided to help you find the standards, work items or information publications of interest to you:

Search by keywords and phrases

This function operates in the same way across all ISO Online searches. Only the scope of each search differs, as described above.

The search is not case-sensitive, i. e. a search on Shipbuilding will yield the same result as shipbuilding or SHIPBUILDING.

You can truncate a search term by using * as a wild card character. For example, ship* will search for ships, shipbuilding, shipping, as well as other terms starting with "ship"), *land will find inland, subland, etc.

You can also restrict your search by the NOT operator. If the word NOT is placed before a keyword, it will cause the search program to find documents that do not contain that keyword, e.g., ship* NOT shipbuilding will search for all terms starting with "ship" except shipbuilding.

Search by document reference (ISO) number

You can search for an ISO standard by entering the numerical part of the reference number of the document requested.

In addition, using the simple search in the ISO Standards listing or the Extended search form:

NOTE: With the exception of the hyphen, colon and comma as mentioned above, the ISO Number field does not accept non-numerical characters, logical operators or wild cards.


Using the Extended search form, you can also:

Search for a specific document type or supplement type

By default the search looks for all standards-type documents. Select from the options given to restrict your search to a specific type of document, e.g. Guides, Technical Reports, etc., or to a specific type of supplement, e.g. Amendments, Technical corrigenda, etc.

Search by ICS (International Classification for Standards)

You can search for standards and/or projects classified by subject in accordance with any technical field and/or group and/or sub-group of the ICS. The search form links to the List of ICS fields, which gives a description of all ICS fields, groups and sub-groups.

Search by stage code

Allows a search for standards which have reached a particular stage in their development or life cycle. The stage codes used by ISO are based on the international harmonized stage code system. The search form links to a stage code chart giving the explanatory name for each valid stage code. Apart from the four digit stage code(s), which must always be entered in full, the search form field will also accept the string newprojects to find new projects registered in the selected period regardless of the stage at which they entered the ISO work programme.

In combination with a search by stage code, ALWAYS either select or define a date or period when the stage code was reached (Last week, This month, Other, etc.) or check the box Current stage only. For example:

You can combine the colon and comma, e.g. 40.00:40.99,50.99 will find all projects at stage 40.00 to 40.99 inclusive, plus those at stage 50.99.

NOTE: Search by stage code will override the setting of the search scope. For example, if the user specifies a search on a stage code applicable only to the technical programme (standards under development), e.g., 50.00, when the search scope is set on catalogue (published standards only), the search result will ignore the search scope and return a listing of the specified projects at stage 50.00.

Search by committee

Allows you to restrict your search to the standards and/or projects of a specific ISO committee and/or one of its subcommittees. Although it is possible to browse through the lists of standards and/or projects by committee, as described above, using the Extended search will also allow you to find withdrawn standards or deleted projects by committee, or to refine or extend your search according to the other criteria you select.

The subcommittee field does not validate your entry, i.e. if you enter a disbanded or non-existent subcommittee number, the search will simply return a 0 result, as it will if you enter a valid subcommittee for which there are as yet no standards and/or work items.
- Detailed information about each ISO technical committee and about other bodies developing ISO standards or guides is given in the section Technical committees within the Standards development menu.

Search scope

You can search on published standards (Catalogue) and/or work items (Technical programme) and/or Withdrawn standards and/or Deleted projects, by checking the appropriate boxes in the search scope. The default search scope has been designed to adapt according to the environment (published standards and/or projects) which the user is working in, and to remain constant across several searches insofar as possible. However, because it is so easy to change environment when linking from search results to various parts of ISO Online, we would advise that you check that the search scope matches your requirement whenever you launch a search.

Display of search results

You may display the results of your search by one of a choice of four options: