Standards are developed by committees made up of representatives of all interested parties. These can include authorities, but also companies or sector federations. Each participant has an equal say and all strive to reach a consensus.
Open to anyone
Both natural persons and public or private organisations can and may help develop standards relating to the fields in which they operate. The organisation will then delegate one or more representatives to sit on the standards committee. Examples of interested parties that may take part in developing standards include:
How the development of standards can benefit your organisation
There are numerous benefits to be gained by helping to develop standards:
- You will stay ahead of your competitors: anyone who helps create a standard helps shape the market;
- You will gain first-hand knowledge about technological developments and market trends;
- You will expand your influence and give your company a say in the development of standards for your sector;
- You will boost your credibility in the eyes of your stakeholders and customers;
- You will get the chance to build up a local, European and international professional network, as standards committees are the ideal place to make new contacts and exchange ideas.
Hear from organisations which already contributed to the development of standards.
How much of my time will this take up?
The answer depends on the type of participation in the development process. If you participate in the discussions of the national mirror committee, it will normally take up 2 days a year. If you participate in the discussions at a European or international level, you’ll have to take these (extra) requirements into account:
- a full proficiency in English;
- time and means to attend meetings abroad;
- 2 to 3 days (on average) of preparation and follow-up for every gathering.