ISO/TC 10, Technical product documentation (TPD)

ISO/TC 10, Technical product documentation (TPD)

Benefits expected from the work of the ISO/TC 10, (TPD)

Implementation of TPD standards:

  • reduces costs;
  • assures quality;
  • shorter elapsed time from design concept to market product;
  • provides a platform for communication;
  • reduces the risk of misinterpretation.


Information Technology (IT) usage within technical product documentation has highlighted several topics, of which the following have been identified as being of particular importance:

  • classification;
  • meta data; 
  • document management data;
  • document technical contents data; 
  • product modelling.


Available standards for TPD include:

  • Drawing rules - the presentation of technical drawings and dimensioning;
  • Documentation rules – the classification of products, systems, documents etc.; 
  • Management of technical product information – e.g. storage, retrieval and exchange;
  • Product modelling; 
  • Classification of documents, systems etc.;
  • Terminology – a unified language of documentation; 
  • Symbology;
  • Media and drawing equipment for drawings – draughting film, tracing paper, pens etc.


Environmental aspects:

ISO/TC10 standards deal with procedures, techniques and formats for technical product documentation. As such they do not have direct impact on the environment. Indirectly, this set of standards affects the environment in the following manner:

- By following ISO/TC10 standards, companies may manufacture their products more efficiently, with less scrap and rework. This in turn reduces added materials costs as well as energy required for production of additional material required to account for the scrap and rework.

- By following ISO/TC10 standards, especially those dealing with electronic file formats, companies may produce their products with less paper documentation. This reduces the need for the production, use and disposal of unnecessary paper.

- By following ISO/TC10 standards, especially those dealing with electronic file formats, companies may generate and distribute documentation more quickly. This reduces human energy expended and ancillary costs associated with shipping and handling of documentation among suppliers, customers and producers needing the documentation.