Developing standards

Developing standards

Are standards available free of charge?

No, there are no standards available free of charge, as their development entails costs. The price of a standard may vary according to the country where it is sold.

What is standardisation?

Standardisation is the process of creating a standard. Interested parties agree on the specific characteristics of a product, service or process. Standardisation takes place in committees with representatives of all stakeholders, on the basis of consensus, with all participants having an equal say.

Does a standard have an unlimited lifespan?

The lifespan of a standard is limited, as standardisation is an evolving process.

- European and international standardisation: at the latest every five years, a systematic review takes place to verify wether the standard is still up to date. If the standard is subsequently revised, the new version replaces the previous one.

- Belgian standardisation: Belgian standards are not subjected to systematic assessment/review. The latest version of the standard remains valid.

What are the benefits of participating in standards development?

The benefits of participation are:

  • gaining first-hand knowledge about future technological developments and trends. This gives companies a competitive edge.
  • influencing the standards development process. This allows a company to protect its investments in products and research & development. Societal stakeholders can call attention to environmental protection or consumer issues
  • building a network. Standardisation committees are the ideal meeting place to forge new contacts and exchange ideas.

How can I participate in standards development?

Please contact us and we will be happy to explain to you in detail how you can do so.

What is an expert?

Experts are competent in a particular field of standardisation. They participate in the drafting of standards, share their knowledge and develop standards within a standardisation committee. Companies, public authorities and societal stakeholders may delegate these experts. Experts represent the Bureau of Standardisation (NBN) at Belgian, European and international level. Generally, they have specific expertise that enables them to contribute to the content of the standard.

What is a sector operator?

Sector operators are responsible for administrative and technical monitoring of one or more standardisation committees within a specific field. Sector operators are recognised by the Board of Directors of NBN (Bureau for Standardisation).