Differences between international and regional standards (EN, AAMI, CSA...)

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mr.mike

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Given the many regional versions (EN, AAMI, CSA...) of international standards (IEC, ISO..) is there a means to find out what the differences are, rather than having to purchase copies of each?

As far as I gather, the differences are often few, or sometimes none at all...?
 
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Very good question I think.

Anyone from a National standards body around the forum? Or from ISO?

FWIW my take on it is a lot of standards are the same. I'm from the UK and I've seen standards referred as ISO BS XXXXXX or ISO EN XXXXXX or ISO DIN XXXXXX. In those cases I've always thought they are all the same if the numbers that replace the XXXXXX are the same. It is just a case of the national bodies publishing it for ISO but could be wrong.

BTW being from the EU as well as UK (well they are still part of it despite the Euro election success of euro-sceptic parties) standards from one national standards agency have to match those in another I believe. We share standards as part of the uniformity of being a member of such a grouping of states. Not that all nations follow them all and on top of that some nations add extra requirements I think through their own national standards (IIRC Germany often have stricter standards than most euro states).

This is just my take on it and probably not 100%. I have no idea how to find out about equivalent standards and their differences though outside of EU's community wide EN standard system. Although ISO is about international standardization and with trade being global these days a lot of companies will work to one of the more commonly accepted national standards. Over here we often refer to US and German DIN standards for the likes of steel grades as an example.
 
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mr.mike

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It's too bad the regional groups (AAMI, EN...) don't just release addenda documents, rather then replicate the standards in their entirety with only minor (if any) changes.

That way it'd be perfectly clear what the differences are, and it wouldn't be such a burden to have to maintain and parse multiple copies of lengthy documents (to say nothing of having to purchase them!).
 

Hershal

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I work with this often. Generally Mr.Mike is correct, the differences are usually National differences, but generally are otherwise harmonized. Once in awhile, technical details may change due to considerations. For example, in Europe, standard voltage is 220-230 at 50Hz, in North America 115 at 60Hz, in Japan 100 at 50Hz, and so some details then may need to change.

So, if I get an ISO/IEC/UL/CSA/SASO 61010 standard, it is going to be almost perfectly identical. Still, for an accreditation certificate for a lab, customers or regulators may want to see their version listed.

Usually the biggest difference I see in the US version is spelling of certain words to the US spelling.

Hope this helps.
 
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mr.mike

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Although the differences are apparently most often minor, my concern is when they are not (i.e. there are specific regional deviations that need to be considered).

I'm curious what other companies do.
Do you:

a) Purchase just the international standard and assume regional deviations are minor?
b) Purchase a copy of each just in case there are differences worth considering?
c) Have some other means of determining differences without having to purchase copies of each and compare them all?
 
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