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This guide is intended to provide the basic information required for locating standards


What are standards?                 

Standards are official documents that outline specifications and protocols aimed at guaranteeing the safety, reliability, and consistent performance of products, services, and systems as per their intended design. They create a shared framework that defines criteria for quality and safety. Standards encompass a wide range of areas, including consumer goods and services, construction, engineering, business practices, IT, social services, energy, water utilities, environmental considerations, and beyond.

Important information about Intertek Inform (previously known as SAI Global)                    
  • After the acquisition of SAI Global by the Intertek Group, the platform has been rebranded as Intertek Inform. While there have been some slight modifications to the website's appearance, the interface and functionality for accessing standards in the database remains unchanged.
  • Only 4 concurrent users for Australian standards and 1 concurrent user for international standards.  Once you have viewed/downloaded your standard please log out to allow other people to use the database.
  • Users may be prompted to self-register the first time they attempt to open or download any Standards Australia, or ISO and IEC content. Searching and viewing search results will not require registration. The self-registration process will request your first name, last name, and University of Melbourne email address, and ask you to create a password. Once registration is verified, no further action is required. This information is stored by Intertek Inform and not shared unless a potential infringement is uncovered. 
  • Downloaded PDFs expire after five days.  When you have downloaded the standard you need, you will need to print it.
  • To access Intetek Inform through the University of Melbourne catalogue click here

How to register with Intertek Inform

How to register with Intertek Inform               

Intertek Inform now operates on a new platform called i2i. All users will need to self-register (even if they have an account with the previous system). The self-registration process will request your first name, last name, and University of Melbourne email address, and ask you to create a password. Once registration is verified, no further action is required.


Screenshot of Registration page in SAI

You can use  - University of Melbourne  - for Company and Business Unit

Screenshot of second page of SAI Global registration

To activate your account and use your new credentials, you will need to access your email and confirm your identity, by following the instructions in the email. code will be sent to your university email address. Enter the code and click Submit

Message from SAI Global registration that a confirmation email is required

You will be prompted to create a password. This should differ from your university password and should be unique. Create your password and click 'Continue'.
You then will be prompted to log in with the details you set up. Your username = your university email address.

Downloading standards

All AS, ISO and IEC documents will have Digital Rights Management (DRM).   Intertek Inform has integrated Vitrium as the digital rights management solution to meet the requirements of these publishers. This ensures your access to Standards remains compliant with licensing requirements.

Vitrium uses Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat Pro and PDF-XChange Editor to download standards, so ensure you have this software installed on your computer.


Compatible PDF Software
Windows Mac
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Adobe Acrobat Pro Adobe Acrobat Pro
PDF-XChange Editor  

The video below details the necessary adjustments to your device settings that are essential for Vitrium to safeguard the documents.

Search & request standards

Searching and requesting standards             

How to search for standards

You can search for standards by number, document title, or keyword.

Screenshot of Standard searching by code

If the standard has more than one version you can select the one required by clicking on the hyperlinked code.

List of standards



If the standard is available you can view it or download it.  Refer to the instructions on how to download standards in this guide.

Clicking view on line or download button


The video below shows more about how to search for standards with Intertek Inform.

If the standard is not available

If the standard is not available a 'request price' button will be shown.  It is advised not to use that button but to contact the Science, Engineering and IT Library team which will investigate how to obtain the standard from a vendor.


Screenshot if standard is not available

View, compare, stay updated

Getting more information about the Standard

The product page on Intertek Inform provides comprehensive information on engineering standards, facilitating efficient retrieval and reference. Key details available on the product page include the document number, current status, title, publisher, latest version, and a succinct summary of the standard. Additionally, users can access information regarding the country of origin, technical committees involved, page count, and International Classification for Standards (ICS) codes. The product details section offers a deeper understanding of the standard, including types of versions, equivalent standards, and any superceded standards. With the convenience of bookmarking standards, users can easily track and revisit relevant documents for their purposes. More information on what is available on the product page is shown in the video below.


Viewing and sharing Standards online                

Intertek Inform now has a facility to view and share standards. Watch the video for more information. Discover the features available to all users within the 'View Online' functionality, to help with collaboration and efficiencies.


Comparing standards                      

The Compare feature on i2i gives you the ability to instantly view the differences between two versions of a Standard by comparing the differences between versions of Standards through a side-by-side view. The video below details how to use this feature.

Watchlists and Alerts                      

The video below explains how you can set up a personalised watchlist of standards and be alerted of any updates.


Other resources


Referencing and Citing

Citing and referencing standards                  

Citing and referencing standards in APA 7

For information on how to cite and reference standards in APA7 refer to the library's guide on referencing ReCite:


Citing and referencing standards in IEEE

For information on how to cite and reference standards in IEEE refer to the library's guide on referencing ReCite:


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