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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.
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:
There are numerous benefits to be gained by helping to develop standards:
There are three conditions that you must meet to help formulate standards:
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:
The price for joining a committee for a year will depend on the sector operator coordinating the committee. On average, it takes 3 years to develop a new standard.
It costs a standard fee of 500 euros to join NBN committees, but the price is reduced to 400 euros for additional committees and as the year progresses. NBN also provides interesting discounts for a number of target groups including SMEs, academics and sector operators:
Your contribution to a standardisation committee is calculated based on the number of months you have been a member, as detailed in the table below.
You registered as
Cost to participate
Cost for every
Would you like to take part in the standardisation process as an expert? Register to sit on one of our committees and help us to develop new standards based on your practical experience.
Want to find out more about joining a standards committee?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 300 78 53.