Question 1. What is a standard?
Answer: “Document established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree or order in a given context”.
Question 2. How can I participate in a technical committee?
Question 3. Does SAZ have standards for everything?
Not quite! Scroll through the list of our technical committees to get an idea of the huge range of technologies, industries and business sectors for which SAZ develops standards.SAZ's work programme ranges from standards for traditional activities, such as agriculture and construction, through mechanical engineering to the newest information and communications technology (ICT) developments.
Question 4. How does SAZ develop standards?
Our standards are developed by the people that need them, through a consensus process. National experts and industry stakeholders develop the standards that are required by their sector.
For more information see our section on the standards development process
Question 5.Why is there a charge for standards?
Developing, publishing and maintaining SAZ standards incurs a cost, and revenues from selling them helps SAZ to cover an important part of these costs. Charging for standards allows us to ensure that they are developed in an impartial environment and therefore meet the needs of all stakeholders for which the standard is relevant. This is essential if standards are to remain effective in the real world.
Question 6. How does SAZ decide what standards to develop?
Working through the SAZ community, it is the people who need the standards that decide. The need for a standard is felt by an industry or business sector, which communicates the requirement to SAZ Standards Development Section. The idea is then proposed to SAZ as a whole.
Question 7. Are SAZ standards mandatory?
SAZ standards are voluntary. SAZ is a non-governmental organization and it has no power to enforce the implementation of the standards it develops. A number of SAZ standards - mainly those concerned with health, safety or the environment - have been adopted as part of the regulatory framework, or are referred to in legislation for which they serve as the technical basis.
However, such adoptions are decisions by the regulatory authorities or the government. SAZ itself does not regulate or legislate. Although voluntary, SAZ standards may become a market requirement, as has happened in the case of ZWS ISO 9001 quality management systems.
Question 8. How can I find out which standards are equivalent to SAZ standards?
Question 9. How can I participate in a technical committee?
Question 10. What is the difference between, a standard, regulation and technical regulation?
Document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context.
NOTE: Standards should be based on the consolidated results of science, technology and experience, and aimed at the promotion of optimum community benefits.
Document providing binding legislative rules, that is adopted by an authority.
Regulation that provides technical requirements, either directly or by referring to or incorporating the content of a standard, technical specification or code of practice. A technical regulation may be supplemented by technical guidance that outlines some means of compliance with the requirements of the regulation.