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.