BSI to develop good practice guide for consortia


24 July 2009

BSI is to begin work on a good practice guide to establishing and maintaining effective consortia. PAS 98 Code of practice for the establishment and management of Consortia will provide a benchmark for organizations managing consortia and organizations seeking to join an existing consortium.

The PAS (Publicly Available Specification), which has the backing of key stakeholders, will be applicable internationally and across all sectors. It will assist consortia deliver excellence across key functions such as market analysis, standards development, interoperability, education and lobbying.

Mike Low, Director, Standards, BSI, said: “Consortia have enjoyed considerable success over the past few years, most notably in the ICT sector where industry collaboration has produced interoperable technologies. There is now wide-spread enthusiasm for a robust best-practice specification which will enable consortia in any sector to operate successfully. Given its significant international representation, cross-sector influence and vast experience of transparent consultation with stakeholders, BSI is well placed to work with key stakeholders to develop such guidance.”

An initial workshop held in June identified support for the project and brought together a wide range of stakeholders. Delegates debated the issues affecting consortia and agreed on the primary challenges which should be addressed by such a good practice guide.

BSI is now calling for applications from industry experts around the world to sit on the Steering Group responsible for developing this guidance. It is expected that a draft will be available for public comment by the end of the year.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the development of PAS 98 should contact Tara West

For media enquiries, please contact Lucy Fulton

- ENDS -

Notes to Editors

For media information:
Lucy Fulton
Public Relations Officer, BSI
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 7248
Mob: +44 (0)7717 451990

About BSI
BSI is a global independent business services organization that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to over 80,000 customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world’s first national standards body, BSI has over 2,400 staff operating in over 120 countries through more than 50 global offices. BSI’s key offerings are:

• The development and sale of private, national and international standards and supporting information that promote and share best practice
• Second and third-party management systems assessment and certification in all critical areas of management disciplines
• Testing and certification of services and products for Kitemark and CE marking to UK, European and International standards. BSI is a Notified Body for 17 New Approach EU Directives
• Certification of high-risk, complex medical devices
• Performance management software solutions
• Training services in support of standards implementation and business best practice.

For further information please visit