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1 Relevance and effectiveness Regional Good Standardization Practice Course July, Bangkok, Thailand Good Standardization Practice 2012

2 What is relevance?  The standards developed meet the needs of the market: –Producers, buyers, sellers and regulators.  Standards keep abreast of scientific and technological developments  The standards keep pace with developments in the market and are regularly reviewed and withdrawn if no longer needed.  The standard are effective in addressing the problems that have been identified  The standards are of sufficiently high quality to be easy to follow, unambiguous and consistent 2012Relevance2

3 Why is relevance Important?  Stakeholders attach a value to the time they invest in the process  If the standards are relevant, they will be used  Collection reflects the needs of the economy (at least over time)  Standards are effective in addressing what they set out to do –(eg there are fewer accidents as a result of a standard addressing the safety aspects of a product)  The potential benefits that were envisaged at the outset of the projects are realised 2012Relevance3

4 Ensuring Relevance and Effectiveness  Research to verify the demand for a project before you start –ISO tried SVAT tool, others….  Review standards to see if they are still used or wanted, or if the problem they set out to solve still exists.  Track data indicating degree of uptake (Sales, referencing, Certificates, tests …others)  Relies on promotional and communication activities –Share the good news stories –Convince people to use standards: –Regulators to use in their technical regulations –Interest groups as an alternative to regulations 2012Relevance4

5 Standards Strategy  Formally aligns standards programme with economic priorities  Identifies key stakeholders  Identifies and mandates standards developers  Clarifies reporting structures  Allows for resourcing of standards developers and priority projects  See Setting National Standardization Strategies programme run by ISO Development and Training Services 20125

6 Advisory Boards Engage high level stakeholders –promote the relevance of the standards programme –keep on track by continually checking with this group. Many Standards bodies have established Advisory (or boards) Structures to help guide their standards strategies. May be organised to provide advice for specific areas of interest (such as energy) or they may cover a wider scope of activity and even provide advice across the entire standards programme. 2012Relevance6

7 Advisory Bodies… cont.  Provide advice on areas where standardization is needed  Possible: ‒ Advise on areas where standards committees will be needed ‒ Identify stakeholders that should be included in the technical committees ‒ Test the relevance of activities Relevance

8 TC business plans  Technical committee should have a business plan or strategic policy statement that covers: –Scope of work –(standardization in the field of…) –Who is involved (represented) –Stakeholders who should be involved –The work completed, –The work contemplated –Relevant international bodies –Sub committees and working delivering part of the scope or mandate –Mirror committees. 2012Relevance8 Regularly scan the environment and see if the programme is still valid Regularly evaluate the performance of the TC in delivering against the objectives and needs

9 Relevant Standards Collection  It is important that nationally we have a collection of standards that meets our economy’s needs: –That we cover areas that are important –That the standards all work together –Obsolete standards are withdrawn –Superseded standards are removed and replaced by the updated ones [see also Coherence] 2012Relevance9

10 Systematic reviews  At regular intervals (usually five years)  Ensuring that the collection remains relevant by looking at each standard  Decide: ‒ Reaffirm ‒ Revise ‒ Withdraw  Review usually based on use of standard : ‒ How much testing is done ‒ Is there a certification scheme running? ‒ Is it referred to in regulations? ‒ Is it referred to by other standards? ‒ How many copies were sold recently? ‒ Does the “problem” still exist?

11 Relevant Standards Work Programme  Standards body should ensure that it is working on standards that are relevant and contributes meeting the economic needs of the country.  Relevance of the programme: –Standards strategy and advisory bodies –Projects approved, work in progress and standards published –WTO members obliged to make public their work programme semi-annually (every 6 months) 2012Relevance11

12 Relevant standards Each project should be considered on its merits  Systematic way of determining whether the effort involved in developing the standard will be justified Can cover:  Severity of the problem being addressed  Size of the market being served  Likelihood of a testing or certificating scheme  Willingness of stakeholder committee members to commit their resources to the project 2012Relevance12 ISO SVAT tool was not very successful for projects at international level – what would you suggest is included in a tool for you to assess whether or not to go ahead with a project?

13 Measuring the relevance and effectiveness  Standards Plan – – does it align standards priorities with national priorities?  TC business plans –Identify priority areas within technical field  Participation –Number of committees formed –Attendance  The degree of uptake of the standards: –Sales – of standards; sales of collections –Certifications, Test reports issued, Training courses offered –Regulatory acceptance –Reference to and adoption of standards in regulations –Willingness to use standards as an alternative to regulations 2012Relevance13

14 How do you assess that proposed standards are needed? How do you ensure that the standards that have already been published are still relevant? How do you ensure that international standards adopted as national standards are kept up to date? 2012Relevance14


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