Developing standards is a matter of documenting technical agreements, sharing knowledge and especially: defending your interests by actively participating in the very process that shapes the evolution of standards.
To understand what standardization can mean in concrete terms for you as a large company, as an SME, as a government, as a consumer; you must first understand what a standard is correct and how it is established.
Participating in a technical committee
If you don't want to leave standards development to other parties (including your competitors), you can actively participate in a technical committee and contribute to the final standard.
What is a standard?
As an organization, it can be interesting to stand up for your interests and to influence the development of standards within your sector. But what exactly is a standard?
Standards are everywhere
From children's clothing to traffic lights, from excavators to pencil sharpeners: standards are used all around us every day.
How are standards developed?
For convenience, we draw the general trajectory, i.e. a standard generated by a technical committee for application within Belgium. For procedural details on the national, European or international standardisation process, consult BEC's Rules & Regulations.
What are the benefits of standardization?
Standardization can be regarded as a powerful marketing tool, in which environment, safety and health are crucial elements. This for companies, citizens and government.
Public comments on national, European and international standard drafts
By sending an e-mail you can comment on any part of a standard draft, or as a general comment on the standard draft.
Standards and copyright
Standards and copyright: the protection of intellectual property rights
Standards are created through intense collaboration between experts from various organisations: from commercial companies through research institutions to public authorities and NGOs. The resulting documents constitute intellectual property which is bound by copyright. Or in short: you are not allowed to copy, publish and reproduce (any part of) standards.