NS 9600 is the Norwegian national standard for access technology. It is owned by Standards Norway. The standard has been prepared by the committee SN/K 279 Work at height, in cooperation with representatives of authorities, oil companies, training companies, interest organizations and users. The methodological and technical basis is the use of ropes for access, work and rescue.
NS 9600 differs from other standards for access technology because it is approved by the authorities. This means that the authorities have control over what is the current minimum standard for the industry at any given time and can therefore also refer to national standards in laws and regulations.Other international standards for Rope Access are industry standards owned by industry organizations. The industry standards can be revised as needed without the authorities being involved, and thus the authorities cannot refer to industry standards as a minimum standard.