National standards shall be developed on the basis of a work programme outlined in project stages as described below:
1. Preliminary Stage - Stage 00: Proposal for development of a new specification.
(a) A proposal for the development or revision of a standard can be submitted by individuals or organizations for consideration;
(b) This proposal must include the proposer’s name, title and organization represented; the subject proposed; the scope of the work envisaged and the justification for the proposal.
2. Proposal Stage - Stage 10: Evaluation of proposal
(a) The proposal is presented to the Standards Advisory Council for evaluation authorization and if recommended for establishment of standard then a Technical Committee (TC) is formed or the project is assigned to an existing TC;
(b) Public notice of intent to proceed is published;
(c) Thereafter, the assignment of members to TC with specific Terms of Reference (TORs) and standards work programme.
3. Preparatory Stage – Stage 20: Preparation of a Working Draft
(a) The work is included in the six moth work programme in accordance with WTO rules;
(b) Collection of technical and trade data;
(c) This is the stage where a working draft is developed along with the TC and a project schedule is established.
4. Committee Stage – Stage 30
This is the principal stage at which comments from members of the committee are taken into consideration, with a view to reaching consensus on the technical content of the standard and usually involves a number of committee meetings.
5. Enquiry Stage (DPC) – Stage 40
(a) The enquiry stage (draft for public comment) is the principal stage at which comments from the general public and stakeholders are taken into consideration;
(b) Advertisement of the standard for public comments giving a minimum of sixty (60) days to comment on draft standards. If substantial comments received then draft is amended;
(c) TC reaches consensus on draft, BBS conducts a quality review and a pre-approval edit is completed.
Note: for formatting and editing please use “Guidelines for Preparation of Belize Standards”
6. Approval Stage – Stage 50
(a) The TC approves the technical content of the draft document by vote and a second level review is conducted to verify that standards development procedures were followed;
(b) The document is submitted to the Standards Advisory Council for approval and recommendation to be established as a standard.
7. Publication Stage – Stage 60
(a) Final edit is conducted to verify conformity with the applicable editorial and procedural requirements (Guidelines for the Preparation of Belize Standards);
(b) At the end of approval stage to have the standard(s) published as the national standards.
(c) At this stage it is recommended that a marketing awareness plan be established to let everyone know that a new standard is available
8. Review/Maintenance Stage – Stage 90
(a) At this stage a systematic, periodic review of the standard is performed in an effort to keep it current and technically valid, if found adequate there only is a need to confirm the standard and state this in the standards catalogue;
(b) May include publication of amendments, the interpretation of a standard or clause and the systematic (every 3 years) review of all standards.
9. Withdrawal of Standard(s)
(a) Obsolete standards shall be withdrawn.
(b) Proposal for withdrawal of a standard with proper justification submitted to the Standards Advisory Council.
10. Stop of development of a draft standard(s)
(a) The development of a standards document shall be stopped if the TC is not executing the particular standards work programme effectively and efficiently.
(b) Otherwise on recommendation from the Standards Council with written justification.