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Discover the different ways you can use our search function to benefit you.

Searching for standards on BSOL could not be easier with the flexible search function. 

Search Function

Search by a standard number

You can search for a standard by the standard number, if you know the exact standard prefix e.g. BS EN ISO 14001:2015. Using this format can save you a lot of time. Searching the number will bring up all versions of that standard, therefore making life simple and easy for you. 


Search by keyword

Searching for a standard using a keyword will come in handy when you do not exactly know the standard that you require. The results will be found from the “Title” and “Descriptor” fields of all relevant standards. The reason is so you can get the standard you want and not irrelevant standards.

The example below shows by typing in the keyword “environment” a number of different options are returned that you may be interested in. If you are looking to purchase or are researching standards, this method of search will be your best friend.

Searching by more than one keyword will produce results sorted by relevance. Moreover, wrapping words in inverted commas will look for a phrase within the title of the standards.

BSOL Suggestions

Another clever feature of BSOL is “BSOL Suggestions”.  When you are entering your search term, the selectable auto suggestions feature will display the most relevant matches, therefore making life simple and easy as possible for you. These types of searches will return results of all versions of related standards including, current, withdrawn and draft versions. The search functionality is tailored just for your needs.


Advanced Search

The use of Advanced Search is not as hard as it sounds. Have a look below for a few benefits of the Advanced Search function to gain a high level understanding of what this service can offer. [LINK] See how it can benefit you and your organization further.

  • Using Advanced Search by status will allow you to identify the status of the standard whether it is confirmed, draft for public comment, work in hand, withdrawn etc
  • If you are wanting to search for a specific standard be it International or British, Advanced Search can be used to search for the publishers (ASTM, BSI, CENELEC, IEC, ISO)
  • If you are looking for historical data on a particular standard you are able to search by publication date, this will allow you to identify documents that have been published within a defined period of time  
  • Having access to BSOL allows you to search for standards within the 60 different modules available 
  • You can also search by ICS category, which is the international classification system for standards 

The value of the Search Function

There is great value in the search function for example; you are able to search for standards that are most important to you with great ease. Using this feature allows you to narrow down your searches to standards which matter to you. Our customers have saved time and effort and have found the standards that they are looking for that much quicker, allowing them to concentrate on more important things.

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