Search tips

Zero hits on search?


  • Search without year
  • Search only the standard's number without NS, ISO, EN, etc.
  • Tick the box for "Include withdrawn standards" - the standard you are looking for may be withdrawn
  • Ensure words are spelled correctly
  • Try different words with the same meaning
  • Use fewer keywords

Search Tips


  1. Search only with the standard number
  2. Try other inflections and endings of words
  3. Narrow your search results
  4. Search only for standards in your subscription
  5. What does the number of hits in the search results mean?

1: Search only with the standard number
Standards with parts defined by numbers, letters , etc. often use different characters between numbers and number/letter combinations, depending on supplier. If you don't get what you were looking for try only searching the "main number" and refine your search later. For example, search for only 8405 instead of 8405a , 8405-a or 8405.a.

2: Try other inflections and endings of words
The search engine handles not always different inflections and endings of words. Try therefore other inflections of your keywords if you do not get hit on what you expected.

3: Narrow your search results
You can refine your search by selecting functions under "Narrow results " to the left of the search results page, so that the sample gets smaller. Read more about this in a separate section further down the page.

4: Search only for standards in your subscription
Choose to see the search results within your subscription only (applicable for logged-in subscription customers). When logged in you will get an extra tab for your subscription when searching.

5: What does the number of hits in search results mean?
The tabs in our search result show a number in parentheses. This number indicates all results for that query total for all categories (hits in standard number, standards content, the  website in general or in your subscription).
If the number in parentheses say that there are 10 hits in standards, but it is only one standard in the results, this is as an indication that there is one standard you get hit for on fin the standard number, and nine hits in the entire contents of 9 other standards.

Narrow your search results - how it works


Here you can restrict within valid or withdrawn standards (PS: to get hold of withdrawn standard please tick the box "Include withdrawn standards").

Select the type of standard you are looking for, such as NS, ISO, NEK.

Item Type:
Select item type, such as standard, collection, courses, eForms, and more.

Choose which language you are after, for example Norwegian or English .

Select the release date of the standards, or when an article/information site was published, for example, any products or articles published in the last 6 months.

Refine your search using the ICS codes.

How does our search work?


Our search priorities are simply explained this way:

  1. Hits in standard number
  2. Hits in the title of standards and content
  3. Hits in withdrawn standards
  4. Hits in the content of the website otherwise

The results are prioritized by relevance, how often your search term occurs in the relevant standard or content in general.

1: Hits in standard number
Initially we will give you hits in standard numbers

2: Hits in the title of standards and content
If there are no hits in standard numbers, then we display hits in the rest of the content of standards. You can also choose to tick for search in content rather than the standard number in the first place.

3: Hits in withdrawn standards
Initially we don’t show hits in withdrawn standards. If you want to see hits in withdrawn standards tick when the box "Include withdrawn standards".

4: Hits in the content of the website otherwise
The search result may display multiple tabs for different content, depending on how many places you can find what you are looking for. For example you may also (or only) get hits on content on our website, from articles, sectors, etc.