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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 by a standard number

You can search for a standard by the standard number. Knowing the standard prefix would be useful here e.g. BS EN ISO 14001:2015. Using only the prefix to search will bring up all versions of that standard i.e. 14001:2004; this is a very helpful feature that should be utilized as it will quickly identify different versions of that standard.

Search by keyword

Searching for a standard using a keyword can help 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. One reason you should search with “keyword” is that 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. If you are looking to purchase or are researching standards, this method of search can help achieve what you require. So it is recommended to use this feature as often as possible.


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. This is a very useful function which you need to be using as this will bring up all results with the “wrapped word”, hence filtering and tailoring down the search for your own benefit. 

BSOL Suggestions

It is recommended to always have your “BSOL Suggestions” turned on. This feature works when entering your search term, and the selectable auto suggestions feature will display the most relevant matches. These types of searches will return results of all versions of related standards including, current, withdrawn and draft versions.

Advanced Search

If you are struggling to find the standard required, Advanced Search should be used. Below are a few benefits of the Advanced Search function which will allow you to gain a high level understanding of what the service can offer. 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will allow you to identify the status of the standard whether it is confirmed, draft for public comment, work in hand, withdrawn etc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, and one that you generally should be using 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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