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Do you have a lot of experience in a particular field? And you'd like to share your knowledge? Then get involved in standards development!
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Do you have extensive knowledge and experience in a particular domain of standardisation? And would you find it fascinating to collaborate on drafts of standards related to that domain? Or to share your knowledge in a standards committee? Then get involved in standards development!

What are the benefits of participating in standards development?

  • You build a network. Standards committees are the ideal meeting place to make new contacts and exchange ideas.
  • You learn and exchange knowledge. Participants in standards committees are international experts and have a great deal of substantive knowledge. By participating in a committee yourself, you learn a lot firsthand.

What benefits does your company gain from standards development?

  • You're the first to know about future technological developments and trends. This strengthens your company' s competitive position.
  • You gain the ability to anticipate future changes through early access to all that strategic information.
  • You exercise influence during the standards development process and give your Organisation a voice in the development of standards for your industry.
  • You boost your credibility with your stakeholders and your customers.

Yes, I want to help develop new standards!

Would you like to participate in the standards development process as an expert?

  • Register for one of our standards committees and help us develop new standards based on your practical experiences.

  • For standards committees managed by NBN, you can register using our contact form.

  • Is the standards committee you're interested in managed by another sectoral operator? If so, contact them directly.
Register as an expert

Your rights and obligations as an expert

Experts who participate in standards development have some specific rights and obligations. To achieve a quality standard, you need to commit to these important tasks:

  • You meticulously review all documents sent to committee members.
  • You provide your reasoned feedback on those documents to the committee secretary.
  • You participate in gatherings and meetings and strive for consensus.
  • You cast your vote on the ISOlutions online platform through your personal login.

Experts also get help where needed, of course:

  • NBN supports experts in Belgium through advice and assistance.
  • The committee secretary will guide you throughout the standardisation process, and you can contact them with any questions or concerns.
  • NBN keeps you informed of the latest updates through its newsletter.

Conditions for participation

Experts who want to participate in standards development must meet 3 conditions:

  1. If you participate as a natural person, you must be domiciled in Belgium. Legal entities or organisations wishing to participate must have their headquarters are in Belgium.
  2. You must have a direct, current interest in the standard you want to help shape and have demonstrable knowledge on the subject.
  3. You let NBN know you want to participate in a standards committee by registering as an expert.

Review the General Internal Regulations for a full list of terms and conditions.

How much does it cost?

The price of one year of committee participation depends on the sectoral operator coordinating the committee. The development of a new standard takes an average of 3 years.

  • For NBN committees, participation costs a standard 630 euros.
  • The price drops to 525 euros when registering for additional standards committees.
  • As the year progresses, the price continues to fall.

NBN also offers  interesting discounts:

  • 30% for SMEs with up to 50 employees
  • 50% for academics (universities and colleges whose services are defined by law or decree)
  • 50% for social stakeholders whose statutory objective is to defend workers', environmental or consumer interests
  • free participation for sector operators (only for those responsible for standardisation activities)
  • free participation for governments and public institutions of category A

Discover the world of standardization

Would you like to help develop standards yourself? But would you like to learn more about standardisation first? Then our free webinar "Standardisation: The Basics" is your chance to take a first step into this exciting world. Register for the webinar here.

Ready to dive deeper into the subject of standards development and NBN right now? Discover our free e-learning "Introduction to Standardisation." This interactive e-learning allows you to learn at your own pace, when and where it suits you.

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Sign up to one of our standards committees by filling out the form below.

Participation in NBN committees 2023:

630 Euros (excl VAT) for one committee.
525 Euros (excl VAT) for each additional committee.

The term committee includes a Technical Committee (TC) with its Sub-Committees (SCs) and Working Groups (WG).
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