Experts are specialists in a particular field of standardisation. They help formulate draft standards relating to that field, share their knowledge and develop standards by participating in a standards committee. Companies, authorities and social actors can delegate experts.
Why help develop standards?
You will be the first to find out about future technological developments and trends, which will strengthen your organisation’s competitive position.
You will be able to exert your influence during the standard development process, which will enable your organisation to protect its investments in products and R&D, for example. Social actors can draw attention to the protection of the environment or the consumer.
You can build a network. Standards committees are the ideal places to make new contacts and exchange ideas.
You can learn and exchange knowledge. The people who sit on standards committees are international experts and have considerable substantive knowledge. You can gain significant first-hand knowledge by sitting on a committee yourself.
Your rights and obligations as an expert
When you commit to taking part in the development of a standard, there are a number of rights and obligations that come with that dedication. You are committing to delivering a qualitative standard which will make a positive contribution to your field. As the representative of your organisation on a standards committee, you have a number of important tasks:
you will carefully go through all the documents that are sent to the members of the committee;
you will provide your substantiated feedback on those documents to the committee secretary;
you will attend meetings and seminars and strive to reach a consensus;
you will register your vote on the online platform ISOlutions via your personal login.
NBN supports experts in Belgium by providing advice and assistance. Also the committee secretary is your point of contact for more information about the standardisation process. Don't hesitate to contact him or her in case of questions or doubt.
Last but not least, we offer the training course ‘Standardisation, a piece of cake’ free of charge to all experts and keep you up to date via our newsletter. Would you like to receive the latest updates? Sign up now.
Experts are taking the stage
Would you like to know what our experts think about contributing actively to new standards? Here they are, taking the stage.
Ansell Healthcare Europe: standards do the job for safe medical gloves
To prevent infections during medical interventions, surgeons must be able to rely on their gloves to be sterile and tear-proof. That is why experts like Philippe Jacobs of Ansell Healthcare Europe, a world player in protective medical equipment, are so important. Philippe plays a significant role in developing European standards for medical gloves.
Schindler: “Standards are crucial for the safety of lifts and escalators”
Schindler, one of the largest manufacturers of lifts and escalators in Europe, attaches particular importance to European standards for its systems. “They help us to guarantee safety and comfort”, says Wim Stockx who is responsible for product management and marketing. Standards enable Schindler to continuously improve its solutions at the same time.
Would you like to take part in the standardisation process as an expert? Register for one of our committees and help us to develop new standards by applying your practical experience. You can use the contact form to register for committees supervised by the NBN. Is the standards committee that you are interested in supervised by a different sector operator? In this case, contact them directly.
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