What is a PAS?

A PAS (Publicly Available Specification) is a document that standardizes elements of a product, service or process. PASs are usually commissioned by industry leaders – be they individual companies, SMEs, trade associations or government departments. Commissioning a PAS puts you in the driving seat for setting the agenda in your sector, helping you work with regulators, set an agreed level of good practice or quality or establish trust in an innovative product or service. 

PASs are enormously varied. Recent PASs include detailed specifications for manufacturing in the e-cigarette industry and new guidelines for independent living for those with dementia.


A PAS may have the potential to resolve some of the strategic issues that organizations face. 

Why commission a PAS?

Commissioning a PAS can enable you to respond to emerging needs within your sector, through a collaborative and robust process of knowledge sharing and consensus building around the correct solutions. 

A PAS offers a rapid route to standardization, typically taking nine to twelve months from launch to publication.

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