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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do prior to accessing read-only versions of the standards via the IBR Portal?

Please note that these standards are in read-only PDF format. Prior to accessing the standards you will need to install the File Open plug-in onto your computer to open and read these files.

The plug in can be downloaded from the following links:

Please note that some standards are only available via links directly to the SDO website as several SDOs are offering their own mechanisms for free access to IBR standards.

What is the registration process?

Once the FileOpen Plug-In is installed, there are 3 steps to viewing the read-only documents:

  • Click the "View only" button or the name of the standard.
  • Complete registration form and accept the end user license agreement.
  • Click "Download file" button which will bring up a read-only PDF copy of the standard.

The standards are locked to each device and can be accessed online via an internet connection. Files cannot be printed, copied, pasted, or saved.  The access will expire 30 days from the date the URL is accessed.

check mark  Please note that registration is for a single browsing session. Users who return to the site in another session or on another day will need to fill out the registration form again.

How can I access more information about the Standards Incorporated By Reference (SIBR) database hosted by NIST?

The link to the SIBR database is https://standards.gov/sibr/query/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.main

This database includes the voluntary consensus standards, government unique standards, private industry standards, and international standards referenced in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  It does not include full text of the standards cited.

The SIBR database is provided as a public service for informational purposes only and is compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to monitor the implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act within the U.S. government. While NIST makes every effort to continuously update the SIBR database to reflect changes to standards referenced in the CFR, NIST cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the SIBR database.

Where can I buy these or other standards?

Many are available at webstore.ansi.org.

What if I have questions?

For technical support regarding installing the FileOpen plug-in and accessing read-only format files, please contact:

Customer Service
Tel: 212 642 4980
Email: [email protected]


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