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 Standards & You

Your Standardisation Needs

As the national standards body, SPRING Singapore facilities the development of Singapore Standards based on requests from the industry and government. Currently, we have more than 1,000 standards partners and volunteers who are involved in the development and promotion of standards.

If you need a standard that is currently not available in our collections, we invite you to tell us your needs. All you need to do is download, complete and submit the Proposal for New Work Item Form to us by any of the following means :

Email :

Fax : (65) 6659 0639

Mail : SPRING Singapore
Standards Division
1 Fusionopolis Walk
#01-02 South Tower, Solaris
Singapore 138628
Tel : (65) 6279 1805

Standards Development Process

Categories of standards

  1. Singapore Standard (SS)
    A Singapore Standard undergoes the full consensus process, including a two-month public review before publication. It is voluntary in nature, except when referred to by the regulatory bodies in legislations, e.g. Fire Code, Workplace Safety & Health Act.
  2. Technical Reference (TR)
    A Technical Reference does not undergo public review during development. It is a fast track document developed primarily :
    1. to meet an urgent market demand e.g. to keep up with fast technological changes
    2. for the development of innovative products
    3. where there is an absence of any formal reference standard
    4. where consensus may be difficult to achieve
    5. to be tested by the industry before full implementation

Types of Singapore Standard (SS) / Technical Reference (TR)

  1. Specification
    A specification is a coherent set of requirements that are objectively verifiable and constructed from the point of view of a third party called upon to verify conformity. A method of specifying shall be drafted to give the characteristics of a material, product, process or system from which selection has to be made, and for which values might have to be agreed between purchaser and manufacturer.
    1. Specification for material – Defines limits for individual properties and on sampling and acceptance testing
    2. Specification for product – Lays down the characteristics of a product in terms of size, shape, materials, etc. or the functions it has to perform
    3. Specification for process – Prescribes steps to be taken for the manufacture of a product
    4. Specification for system – Establishes the requirements to which a completed installed system shall conform
    5. Specification for test method
  2. Code of practice
    Recommends good, accepted practices as followed by competent practitioners and brings together the results of practical experience and scientific investigation for ease of access and use of the information. It may cover a certain degree of specifications.
  3. Guide
    A guide shall be drafted in the form of guidance, supported by recommendations where appropriate. It shall not contain requirements.
  4. Method of test
    A method shall be drafted so as to ensure that all the procedures it prescribes are repeatable and reproducible and their outcomes consistent, to the extent appropriate to the scope of the standard.

Main stages of standards development

New work item proposal
The requestor of any new work item should state the benefits to be achieved and key stakeholders that will benefit from the development of a new standard. The proposal shall be evaluated by SPRING Singapore and approved by the relevant Standards Committee.

The requestor shall provide the initial draft and relevant documents, together with the completed new work item form. The initial draft can be based on industry practice documents, consortia documents, overseas standards or international standards.

Announcement of new work item commencement
One month is given for public comment on the proposal before work commences on the development of a standard.

Development of the draft standard
In the drafting of the standard, the following shall be adhered to avoid any delays :
  • structure and draft the standard (templates provided by SPRING Singapore)
  • obtain copyright of any materials included in the standard
As a national standardisation policy, international standards should be referred to directly, wherever possible. International standards or overseas national standards may be adopted or adapted as SS/TR if they are found suitable for use locally. If there are any deviations from the international standards or overseas national standards, they shall be appropriately justified. In the absence of any relevant international standard or overseas national standards, the standard can be based on the collection of necessary information and results of research and investigations.

The draft standard shall be approved by the relevant technical committee (or Standards Committee in the absence of technical committee), prior to public comment. It shall be approved or endorsed by the Standards Committee either during or after public comment.

Public comment
The following shall be released for public comment to notify the industry of new developments and to gather feedback.
  • new work item
  • initiation of review of standard
  • draft of new and revised standard
  • draft amendment
  • withdrawal of standard

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Last Modified Date :30 Oct 2012