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Normative references

(The full requirements are described in the ISO/IEC Directives Part 2:2011, 6.2.2)


This conditional element gives a list of those publications which are cited in the text in such a way as to make them indispensable for the application of the document.


Any document referred to normatively in the text has to be listed in the normative references. Those not mentioned normatively in the rest of the text, i.e. informative references, should be included in a bibliography.


Only published, publicly available documents can be cited. IEC/ISO/ITU standards should preferably be cited. If no appropriate IEC/ISO/ITU standard exists, other standards can be cited.


Draft documents should not normally be quoted in the normative references. Exceptionally, documents at the enquiry stage (CDV) or final approval stage (FDIS) may be included in this clause (with a suitable footnote).


The standard introductive text is included in the autotexts of the IEC template. It cannot be changed without authorisation.


Normative references may be undated or dated.


They are dated if a specific element in the referenced publication (clause, subclause, figure, title, annex etc.) is cited in the text. In the case of an enquiry or final draft, the date of publication shall be replaced by a dash together with a footnote "To be published", and a full title (see ISO/IEC Directives Part 2:2011,

If no specific element is cited, the reference can be left undated, signifying that the latest edition of the publication and any amendments apply (see ISO/IEC Directives Part 2:2011, and

Reference to a complete series of documents should only be made if the whole of that series really applies. Otherwise, reference should be made only to those specific parts of the series which are relevant.