Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an NMS renewal/update?
Existing NMS users are eligible to renew NMS subscriptions at the renewal price if purchasing within the renewal period. To request an NMS renewal/update, 

Does offer refunds?

All products available for sale on ("SpecMarket Products") are digital products and are immediately delivered upon completion of a successful transaction. Digital products cannot effectively be returned, and as a result, SpecMarket Products are non-refundable. In continuing with any purchase you agree that you are aware of and accept these restrictions and requirements.

Does the NMS content come with software?

If purchasing NMS content on, it does not include software. However, NMS content is available in SpecLink Cloud, RIB's specification-writing software. If interested in learning more about SpecLink and how it can help your organization simplify managing and collaborating on specifications, contact RIB at 1-888-273-7638 or email:

Who should I contact if I have a question regarding how the NMS content is written?
CSC and RIB are approved publishers of the NMS. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), which owns and maintains the NMS content, is the Government of Canada's premier research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, and fulfilling government mandates. Please contact the NRC with content-related questions.

NRC Enquiries
National Master Specification (NMS)
National Research Council Canada
Telephone: 613-993-9960

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