Standards will generally contain the following items:
Typically, standards are very specific - they are limited in scope and seek to avoid specifying any part of an overall process that may be described elsewhere. This helps facilitate version control of interrelated procedures but often means that several standards are needed to fully define a product or procedure.
When evaluating whether a standard is relevant to your project, consider the following:
Also, since standards are updated regularly, it is essential to determine if the standard is "active" and/or the latest revision. Most standards search engines contain filters to allow you to select only active standards. The designation for the standard generally contains information relating to when the standard was formalized (see Standards 101).