I have seen a lot of confusion about this topic…
According to Wikipedia: Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based e-learning.
Basically, this is not a standard data protocol or format. Any SCORM-compliant course can be played by a SCORM-compliant player. This does not mean the course meets any specification regarding content quality, but it does meet a specific playback protocol.
For comparison, a PDF, ‘Portable Document Format’, file is a standardized document which can be opened using a compatible .PDF reader. The.PDF does to relate to the quality of information in the file, just the way it can be viewed.