Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. It is developed by a technical committee made up of
experts from all the relevant stakeholders, including producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators of a particular material, product, process or service.
Put simply, a standard is an agreed, repeatable way of doing something. It is a published document that contains a technical specification or other precise criteria designed to be used consistently as a rule, guideline, or definition. Standards help to make life simpler and to increase the reliability and the effectiveness of many goods and services we use. Standards are created by bringing together the experience and expertise of all interested parties. Published SANS standards can be purchased from SABS at the SABS Webstore