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.
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.
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?
From children's clothing to traffic lights, from excavators to pencil sharpeners: standards are used all around us every day.
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.
Standardization can be regarded as a powerful marketing tool, in which environment, safety and health are crucial elements. This for companies, citizens and government.
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: 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.