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How to buy standards​​

SABS sells South African National Standards (SANS) as well as related documents, including CKS, SATS and SATR specifications. We also sell ISO and IEC standards. Our services extend to sourcing other international and/or foreign standards for you, such as British or German  DIN standards.

Do you want to buy a standard or collection of standards?

There are various ways you can do this, depending on who you are (e.g. individual buyer, student, small or large company) and in which format you wish to get the standard (hard copy, soft copy, non-printable PDF or CD).

SABS Webstore

The quickest and easiest way to buy a standard is via our Webstore.

Payments can be done via bank transfer or credit card (VISA or Mastercard). Customers can also open credit accounts with the SABS and buy standards according to agreed- upon terms. Click here to find out more about this service.

Please remember that standards purchased from this store have a single-user licence (that is, they are meant for one end-user, on one standalone computer, or as one printout for the specific end-user). If you are a company that uses standards extensively, you should consider subscribing to our annual subscription service, which includes an updating service.

This allows you to get a collection of standards with a multiple-user licence that you can store on a central server, document management system or intranet. Click here to learn more about our subscription service.

Our stores

You can also visit our Sales Office at the SABS head office in Groenkloof, Pretoria, click here to buy hard copies of standards. You can also buy collections on CD. We also have stores at selected SABS branches. If​ you wish to be a reseller for SABS standards, contact us on

Visit the SABS Library to read Standards

At our Head Office in Pretoria and in the regions, we also have a complete collection of standards. Customers are welcome to come here and request to read standards while at the Library/Sales Centre. If you wish to obtain information on standards, please contact our Information Centre as follows or Tel: +27 12 428-7911.

Discount groups

If you are a student, you qualify for certain discounts. Contact to learn more about discounts for students.

CD Collections

Below are some of the CD-ROM collections that we sell. You can contact us at and then we can provide you with the list of standards (i.e. the table of contents of these products).

  • SANS 1200 (ALL PARTS) + SANS 2001 (CD-ROM)
  • SANS 9000 Family of Standards
  • Collection of Standards on Food Safety
  • SANS 10400, as revised plus SANS 204
  • Collection of Dangerous Goods Standards​​

Using extracts from our standards

Do you want to use extracts from our standards? Click here to learn more about our Standards Sales and IP Policy.

Contact details

Does your organisation want to adopt a standard? Contact us at the following email address:​
For all other sales-related questions, contact us by email: ​or by phone +27 12 428-6883.

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