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Standards development

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.

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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?

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Standards are everywhere

From children's clothing to traffic lights, from excavators to pencil sharpeners: standards are used all around us every day.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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