Codes and Standards

The list of global standards that help define product, installation and safety requirements for the electrical industry seems endless. Information regarding many of the major international codes and standards are listed here.

Note: This information is provided as a convenience to users of and is subject to change without notice by the individual organization.

ANSI – American National Standards Institute

ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

Washington, DC Headquarters

1899 L Street, NW

11th Floor

Washington, DC, 20036

Tel: 202.293.8020

Fax: 202.293.9287

New York City Office (Operations)

25 West 43rd Street,

4th floor

New York, New York, 10036


Tel: 212.642.4900

Fax: 212.398.0023

ASTM International

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

ASTM International

100 Barr Harbor Drive,

PO Box C700,

West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959


Tel: 1-877-909-2786 (USA & Canada)

Tel: 610-832-9585 (International)

BSI – British Standards Institution

BSI is the United Kingdom’s National Standards Body (NSB) and was the first national standards body. BSI represents UK economic and social interests across all European and international standards organizations and in the development of business information solutions for British organizations of all sizes and sectors.

British Standards Institution

389 Chiswick High Road


W4 4AL

United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 8996 9000

Fax: +44 20 8996 7001

CENELEC – European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

CENELEC is responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical engineering field and prepares voluntary standards, which help facilitate trade between countries, create new markets, cut compliance costs and support the development of a Single European Market.

Through the work of its members together with its experts, the industry federations and consumers, European Standards are created in order to encourage technological development, to ensure interoperability and to guarantee the safety and health of consumers and provide environmental protection.


17, Avenue Marnix

B-1000 Brussels


Tel: +32 2 519 68 71

Fax: +32 2 519 69 19

FM – Factory Mutual

FM Global provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, engineering-driven underwriting and risk management solutions, groundbreaking property loss prevention research and prompt, professional claims handling.

IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission

The IEC is the leading global organization that publishes consensus-based International Standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electric and electronic products, systems and services, collectively known as electrotechnology.

IEC publications serve as a basis for national standardization and as references when drafting international tenders and contracts.

IEC Central Office

3, rue de Varembé

P.O. Box 131

CH – 1211 Geneva 20


Tel : + 41 22 919 02 11

Fax : + 41 22 919 03 00

IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

IEEE Corporate Office

3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor

New York, NY 10016-5997


Phone: +1 212 419 7900

Fax: +1 212 752 4929

IEEE Operations Center

445 Hoes Lane,

Piscataway, NJ 08854-4141


Tel: +1 732 981 0060

ISO – International Organization for Standards

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade.

International Organization for Standardization

1, ch. de la Voie-Creuse

CP 56

CH-1211 Geneva 20


Tel. : +41 22 749 01 11

Fax : +41 22 733 34 30

NETA – International Electrical Testing Association

The mission of the InterNational Electrical Testing Association is to serve the electrical testing industry by establishing standards, publishing specifications, accrediting independent, third-party testing companies, certifying test technicians, and promoting the professional services of its members. The Association also collects and disseminates information and data of value to the electrical industry and educates the public and end user about the merits of electrical acceptance and maintenance testing.

3050 Old Centre Ave., Suite 102

Portage, MI 49024


Phone: 269-488-6382

Fax: 269-488-6383

NFPA – National Fire Protection Association

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards such as NFPA 70 National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.


The world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

National Fire Protection Association

1 Batterymarch Park,

Quincy, MA 02169


Tel: (617) 770-3000

UL – Underwriters Laboratories

UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.

Underwriters Laboratories

333 Pfingsten Rd

Northbrook, IL 60062


(847) 272-8800

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