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Freely Available Standards - COVID 19

Many standard development organizations (SDOs) have made medical device supply and personal protective equipment standards freely available in response to the global health crisis. The following list  will be updated weekly. 

AAMI - Includes standards for masks, gowns, gloves, ventilators and sterilization.

ANSI - Expanding their standard portal, ANSI has opened up relevant IEC and ISO standards in a read-only format for the duration of the crisis. To access the portal, users must accept the license agreement and register. Once registered, users can return to the portal via

ASTM - UBC Library holds a subscription to ASTM standards, but this list leads directly to the relevant standards. Search ASTM Compass if you do not find what you're looking for on this list. 

CSA - To access CSA freely available standards, create an account at CSA Communities and select the "View Standards." option.

IEEE - Access to content in the IEEE collection will remain free for the duration of the global health crisis, with additional rights for all types of reuse, including full text and data mining, and analysis.

ISO - Is providing free access in a read-only format for standards related to protective gloves, lung ventilators, medical devices, protective clothing, medical electrical equipment, respiratory protective devices and more:

The Government of Canada maintains a list of recognized standards for medical devices

For other standards please refer to the pages in this guide. UBC Library maintains a standards collection on the Techstreet platform and can add additional standards to this collection. If you do not find what you are looking for here, contact one of the librarians on the Getting Started page. 

Personal Protective Equipment Standards

The University of Toronto library has created a list by category of PPE (ventilators, masks, gowns and other medical supplies).

Should you find something on the list that is not available for free from one of the providers above, contact to request a copy for UBC.