Membership of an NSAI committees is open to person(s)/organisation(s) representing national stakeholder interests such as industry, government, education and research, trade associations, consumers, societal, labour and others. Membership of an NSAI Committee is also open to technical experts when considered appropriate.
NSAI manages committee work via an online platform (web based) for document storage and communication with members.
NSAI can nominate national experts to participate in European and/or International standards committees. NSAI does not provide funding to attend these standards meetings. Experts wishing to engage in European or international standards work do so at their own expense. Membership of any committee is at the discretion of NSAI. NSAI may at any time terminate the membership of all or any of the members of committees.
An unsuccessful applicant can appeal the decision through the NSAI appeals procedure.
Responsibilities of members of NSAI committees and NSAI delegated and experts to international committees
P-ST-70 Rev2 5.4.2 Responsibilities of members of NSAI TBs
- Members shall commit to follow all NSAI rules and procedures and all relevant ISO, IEC, CEN CENELEC or ETSI procedures.
- Members are expected to recognize and uphold the principles of standardisation set out in Code of Conduct for delegates, experts and observers participating in the technical work of CEN and/or CENELEC
- Members are expected to use the online platform, ISO Docs (web based) for accessing documents related to the NSAI Committee.
- Members are expected to advise and assist NSAI on the technical content of standards.
- Members are expected to prepare for and attend meetings and provide comments and submissions on active projects being developed.
- Members are expected to use the NSAI online platform (web based) for accessing documents related to the NSAI Committees.
- A person applying for membership on behalf of an organization shall undertake to represent its viewpoint on issues discussed and act as a channel for consultation and communication with that organization.
- Persons participating NSAI in regional (CEN/CLC) or international (ISO/IEC) TB meetings, shall be aware of any national brief/position and communicate those to the meeting. When acting as an NSAI delegate in plenary meetings they shall adopt any agreed national position. Members are required to provide reports on attending those meetings.
- NSAI TB members may refer 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 NSAI Committee, regional or international committees unless those views have been approved by the NSAI and/or NSAI Committee.
- Members may present on the output of an NSAI committee, its work program etc addressing the facts. Where they give their personal view, this must be clearly stated.
- Members of an NSAI TB shall maintain the confidentiality of the TB's work.
- Members shall behave, at all times, ethically and respectful of others, in such a way as to contribute positively to standards development work they are participating in. They shall be aware and comply with the relevant rules, regulations, and codes of conduct. Members should familiarise themselves with any code of conduct in place for international committee work such as:
- Members shall reveal any potential conflict of interest and/or intellectual Property Rights to the NSAI and other members of the TB as soon as they become aware it exists. This may be at the application stage or during the course of the development work.
- Members should be aware that NSAI committee membership may be subject to disclosure e.g., under the Freedom of Information Act, Access to Information on the Environment Regulations, GDPR, in response to relevant Parliamentary Questions (PQs).
- Members shall not communicate with the media on matters concerning the internal affairs of TBs without expressed permission of NSAI.
- Members shall be aware of their obligations as standards developers (members of a TB) in relation to competition law, intellectual property rights, data protection and technical barriers to trade.