New draft open for comment - PAS 98 Standards consortia

PAS 98 is a good practice document for standards-related consortia.

This Publicly Available Specification (PAS) on the subject of standards consortia is being developed by The British Standards Institution (BSI).

The PAS aims to provide recommendations and guidance for those establishing and managing consortia.

It includes a framework whereby those looking to join a standards consortium can determine whether the consortium option is appropriate for their requirements, and assess the performance and suitability of particular consortia with respect to their goals and needs.

PAS 98 has the backing of key stakeholders and will be applicable internationally and across all sectors.

It will assist consortia in delivering excellence across key functions such as market analysis, standards development, interoperability, education and lobbying.

The document is divided into two parts, designed to be used together:

PAS 98 Part 1 sets out good practice for the establishment and management of consortia formed for or substantially focused on, standards related purposes.

This includes recommendations in respect of:

  • The management structures most appropriate to the governance of the proposed consortium activity
  • The procedures likely to prove most effective for specific activity types
  • The terms and prerequisites applicable to consortium membership
  • The selection and delivery of services that the consortium might provide.

PAS 98 Part 2 provides good practice guidance on what to look for when reviewing consortia from the user perspective. It outlines a practical process for assessing the relevance and performance of consortia for entities considering engagement.

It is envisaged that awareness of the recommendations in this PAS could be of assistance to consortia management when assessing the functionality of their consortia.

BSI is seeking your comments
View an advanced draft of PAS 98 Parts 1 and Part 2 until 22nd July 2010.

All comments will be considered by the PAS 98 Steering Group.

Mike Low, Director, Standards, BSI, said: “Consortia hold an important and long established role in creating standards for specific sectors and we are delighted to be participating in creating this best practice guidance. The public consultation phase of PAS 98 signals a significant opportunity for stakeholders operating in the field of consortia to contribute to this important good practice document to ensure that it meets its aims of enabling consortia in any sector to operate successfully.”

PAS 98 Parts 1 and 2 are due to publish in October 2010.

Read the press release about PAS 98 for consortia.


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What is a PAS (Publicly Available Specification)?

A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast-track standard driven by the needs of the client organization/s and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems, product benchmarks and codes of practice. After two years, the PAS is reviewed and a decision is made as to whether it should be taken forward to become a formal British Standard.

Who is involved with drafting this document?

BSI is working closely with a steering group of industry experts including:

79 Brinkburn Ltd
Adobe Systems
BIS
BSI Consumer and Public Interest network
CEN
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
IBM
Orange
Sun Microsystems
University of Reading
ZFIB Conseil

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