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Can I buy a standard from abroad?
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I ordered a standard in PDF format through the e-shop and did not receive it in my inbox. What can I do ?
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I am looking for information on European directives in relation to harmonised standards. What should I do?
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Unified Technical Specifications (STS) are documents that help the client or project designer to draw up the specifications of a project. For more information, visit the website of the FPS for the Economy.
Am I allowed to share standards on my company network?
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Which standards are available in Dutch?
Belgian standards developed at national level by a Belgian standardisation committee are always available in Dutch. A limited number of European and international standards are also published in Dutch. You can consult our catalogue to check the availability of a Dutch version of a standard.