Defence and armed forces – guidance

UK Defence Standardization

UK Defence Standardization is responsible for UK MOD standardization policies, standards, procedures and guidance on standardization issues both nationally and internationally.

UK Defence Standardization DStan® is part of the Director Technical organisation within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

DStan’s responsibilities:

DStan provides performance specifications that support the delivery of military capability.

It delivers the following services:

  • maintenance and development of a healthy and relevant portfolio of UK Defence Standards (Def Stans®), providing associated standardization advice and guidance including the status, development, selection and application of UK Defence Standards
  • provision of standardization management support and assistance to project teams both to develop their ‘Standardization management plan’ and implementing the intelligent selection and use of standards
  • negotiates, influences and agrees NATO and EDA standardization policy and procedures in support of UK MOD military operations
  • provision of standardization policy (in JSP 920) which is consistent with government, NATO and EDA/EC policy
  • provision of MOD standardization input to cross-government standardization committees
  • management of national ratification of operational and materiel NATO Standardization Agreements (STANAGs) in support of UK MOD military operations
  • provision of online access to unclassified UK Defence Standards, NATO STANAGs and Allied Publications (APs)
  • provision of access to UK Defence Standards, NATO STANAGs and APs that are not available to download (above classified)
  • provision of access to other standards (beyond UK Defence Standards and STANAGS) via the Standards On-Line (SOL) framework and demand orders
  • facilitates and deliver on the MOD and commercial licences for the distribution of Defence Standards, STANAGs and APs, generating revenue for DIPR
  • provision of advice, guidance and training on the SOL capabilities, such as watchlists
  • maintains and protects Secretary of States’ intellectual property rights in his trademarks
  • monitoring the implementation of STANAGs and Allied Publications (AP’s) in MOD contracts, to aid in assessing the effectiveness of the NATO Standardization Agency Organization

Contact us

UK Defence Standardization

UK Defence Standardization
Kentigern House, Room 1138
65 Brown Street
G2 8EX