What's the standard about?
This standard outlines the processes and steps a Standardizing Body must take during the national standard setting process.
The Standardising Body is responsible for managing the process of standards development. In many cases the standardising body and the National Governing Body (the PEFC National member and responsible for the governance and administration of the system) are the same.
Who's revising the standard?
Working Group 3 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 3 will build consensus on the revised standard, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.
To ensure that no single concerned interest can dominate the process, the WG has balanced representation of interested stakeholders, including geographical representation, and a consensus-driven decision making process.
What's the latest news?
The enquiry draft of the standard is now ready and all interested parties are encouraged to give their comments on it by 29 May 2017.
The revised document introduces many improvements in document structure and clarity. More importantly, it introduces critical improvements to the standard setting process itself.
By far the biggest change is the further detailing of the periodic review. Standards need to be reviewed five years after their approval. While this is not a new requirement, the standard now specifies the exact steps of such a review.
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Here you can find the tentative timeline for the revision of this standard. The next stage is in bold:
- January – February 2016: Establishment of the Working Group
- April 2016: First WG meeting
- October 2016: Second WG meeting
- March - April 2017: Public consultation
- June 2017: Third WG meeting