The PAS process

What is a PAS?

A PAS provides a sponsored route to standardization, created to serve a market need. Potentially, any organization can commission a PAS. A PAS can provide product specifications, codes of practice, guidelines and vocabularies or could be used as an assessment benchmark. A PAS is a rapid yet reliable standardization solution, typically taking nine to twelve months to publish from kick off.

Why create a PAS?

Organizations can use a PAS to improve productivity, increase efficiency, reduce costs, maintain quality or speed up innovation. A PAS can help organizations to meet regulatory obligations, build trust with consumers or minimize complaints. Creating a PAS can enable you to establish standards in your sector.

How is a PAS created?

Once the sponsor gives us the go ahead, we provide a dedicated BSI project manager, provide due-diligence research for related standards and other published information to ensure there will be no crossover. Together with the sponsor, we then formalize the document's scope, form a steering group and work with technical experts to develop an initial draft on PAS.

Who sits on the PAS steering group?

Typically a PAS steering group includes between 8 and 12 stakeholder experts. With our help, they comment on the draft, resolve technical issues and contribute to the development of the next draft. It's then sent to a public review panel, which can include representatives from formal standards committees, government departments, trade and industry associations and consumer groups.

What about public consultation?

At the review panel stage, the draft is made available to the public, which means anyone can submit comments for the steering group to consider. Once all comments have been resolved to our satisfaction and that of the steering group, the PAS is published.