How is a standard made?

Standardisation is the process of implementing and creating technical standards based on the consensus of different parties, e.g. firms, users, interest groups, standards organisations and governments. Standardisation organisations develop and publish standards on national, international and European level.

National standardisation bodies can submit a request to an international standardisation organisation (e.g. ISO, IEEE, and IEC) to develop a safety standard. Once approved, the inquiry is allocated to a Technical Committee (TC), where the compliance experts agree on the product, process, test method, or service requirements. Then, the national standard committee works out a draft, which the public can comment on. When all comments have been reviewed, the draft standard is approved and published.

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