Who Develops Standards

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SWASA Standards are developed by Technical Committees (TCs). To date SWASA has developed more than 300 standards. Standardization is a consultative process engaging a wide spectrum of stakeholders. As the primary forum for obtaining and reviewing opinion on standards projects is via the medium of committee meetings, it is therefore essential that Technical Committees are composed of stakeholders covering all principal areas of concern in the standard of interest. Stakeholders vary from regulators, industry, consumers and academia.

TC members choose whether they want to be part of a particular TC, and their level of involvement. O-members can observe the standards that are being developed, offering comments and advice. While P-members actively participate by voting on the standard at various stages of its development.

Technical Committee members can be viewed via in the home pages where the public can also apply to become a technical member committee.

The views of consumers also need to be taken into account when developing standards. Standards often shape product characteristics. If consumers play an active role in developing standards, the characteristics of a product or service are more likely to meet their needs. This creates a win-win situation for the consumer and manufacturer or service provider. the home page provides a link where the public can make public comments to standards that are still under development, view announcements, send enquiries.

An internal organ called the Standards Advisory Committee (SAC) is responsiblele for ensuring that the standards development process is carried out in a professional manner and that good practice guidelines for the development of standards and standards related projects are followed.

The standards are approved as National Standards by the SWASA Council and then gazetted.