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Codes and Certifications

What is a Standard?

A standard is a technical guideline regarding product design or performance. It carries no legal status to either require or enforce compliance. Federal as well as independent agencies, such as ANSI, publish such non-binding guidelines.

What is a Code?

A code is a law enacted by a legislative body at the federal, state or municipal level. (At the federal level it is called an "act.") Via legislation, a standard often becomes a code at the federal, state or local level.

What is a Certification?

The process of publicly attesting that a specified quality or standard has been achieved or exceeded.