The development of an ISO International Standard

Most boat builders ae nota ware of the development of ISO standards. The ISO standards are not made by a governmental organisation or any political authority. ISO standards are developed by industry experts. For the RCD there are 20+ Working Groups who bring in their knowledge of a special item e.g. Stability.

The experts come from many different countries and meet also in different countries. They do not get any compensation from ISO. So their ambition must be seen as very high.

Franke Hoekstra of DCI is a member of all the ISO Working Groups.  His ambition is to make sure that the content of ISO standards is in line with the  practicability for boat builders. In the undermentioned overview is the development of an ISO standard mentioned. Between every stage the development or revision is sent to all the countries who are a member of ISO, these are the EU countries anyway.

In our next news item we will give the latest news of the ISO standards for the RCD.

The development of an ISO International Standard (or revision or amendment of an existing standard) follows a series of stages:

  1. Preliminary Stage – Preliminary Work Items (PWI) are submitted and voted on by the Participating members of the technical or sub Committees.
  2. Proposal Stage – New Work Item Proposals (NP) are developed for a new standard, new part of an existing standard, a technical specification or a publicly available specification.
  3. Preparatory Stage – This stage covers the preparation of a Working Draft (WD)
  4. Committee Stage – The Committee Draft (CD) takes into account comments from national bodies and reaches a consensus on the technical content. This is an optional stage and can be skipped under certain circumstances.
  5. Enquiry stage – A Draft International Standard (DIS) is circulated to all ISO member bodies for a three month vote (this may be extended to a period of five months by the Technical or sub committees concerned)
  6. Approval Stage – The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) is circulated within a three month period for a two month voting window. This is an optional stage and can be skipped under certain circumstances (although, not for harmonised standards).  
  7. Publication Stage – An International Standard (IS) is printed and distributed within one month after all corrections are made.