Introduction

NSAI develops standards through consultation and when establishing a committee NSAI look to gather membership designed to achieve a balance of stakeholders.

Membership of standards development committees is open to anyone who represents national stakeholder interests such as industry, government, education and research, trade association, consumers and others. Want to get involved? Complete the online form here. 

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How much does it cost to become a committee member?

There is no joining fee to becoming a committee member. All participation is on a voluntary basis. NSAI cannot pay for travel or associated costs to attend meetings.

Is there funding to attend international committee meetings?

NSAI can nominate national experts to participate in international standards committees but there is no funding provided to attend international standards meetings. Experts wishing to engage in international standards work do so at their own expense. 

When does my membership start?
  • Your Membership will be active as soon as it has been processed, reviewed and approved.
  • After approval you will be set up with online access and you will receive notification by email and receive your Membership log in detail.
  • Training and support will be provided to new committee members.
     
What are the benefits of being a committee member?
  • Influence the development of standards in your sector 
  • Gain an early understanding of upcoming changes to standards 
  • Keep up with current thinking in standards by getting involved in setting standards in your field
  • Keep abreast of the latest technical innovation and market trends in your sector 
  • Influence the use of standards as an alternative to regulation and legislation 
  • Gain detailed insight into the standards development process 
  • Network with fellow experts from industry and business 
  • Work with your peers across Europe and internationally to shape international best practice
  • Gain extra credibility amongst your stakeholders and customers from being involved in the standards development process 
  • Enhance your organization’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activity
Responsibilities of committee members
  1. A member is expected to attend meetings regularly in order to represent his organization’s viewpoint on issues discussed and to act as a channel for communication with his organization.  The organization which nominates the member should recognise this obligation when the member is being nominated
  2. NSAI Committee members or Sub-Committee/Working Group members may make reference to their membership (including Chairmanship) when writing articles or giving lectures or papers. However, they may not state views purporting to be those of the Consultative Committee or Sub-Committee unless those views have been approved by the NSAI Consultative Committee or Sub-Committee.
  3. Members of Committees and Working Groups shall not make use of such membership in the furtherance of a company viewpoint.
  4. Members of the Committee are required to maintain the confidentiality of the Committee's work This requirement also applies to members of Sub-Committees and Working Groups.
  5. Members should be aware that records of NSAI committees may be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Committee members should not communicate with the media on matters concerning the internal affairs of the Consultative Committee.
 

Will I get training to become a committee member?
  • NSAI will provide guidance on committee member participation through induction training, mentoring and provision of guideline documents. 
  • The role and structure of the committee will be explained and how a committee can impact the development of national, European and international standards. 
  • As part of induction training it will be outlined what NSAI expect from committee members and what supports will be provided by NSAI for members to participate fully.
     
Where do committee meetings take place?

Most national committee meetings take place in NSAI's Dublin Headquarters [location]

European committee meetings can take place anywhere in Europe. International committee meetings can take place anywhere throughout the world.

Can I use the NSAI logo when I become a committee member?
  • No, as a NSAI committee member you cannot use the NSAI logo. However, you can promote your NSAI Standards Committee Membership on your website in plain text. 
  • NSAI Standards membership grants no award or status to an individual or organisation.
  • Committee members names and affiliations may be published e.g. in an annual report from the committee.