Standardization is a long process, taking up to 2-3 years to complete. The resulting standards can be simple, 1-2 pages in length, or complex technical documents. Those standards (e.g. guides, methods, processes, procedures, specifications and more) are then used by conformity assessment bodies (CABs) as part of oversight programs such as testing for safety and certifying proper function. The whole process can be voluntary, mandatory, or a combination of both.
Behind all those steps and sometimes, great complexity, lies stories of frustration, triumph, learning, and growth.
The following articles look behind the curtain to provide an insider’s look at published and draft standards, regulations, and guides; their development; and outcomes.
Chairing an ISO Committee – webinar presentation by Kate Dolan
Body Armor for Women – By Cassy Robinson, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Setting the Standard in AI – Federal Engagement in Developing Standards