The standard-setting process is used to update our international standards. It is an inclusive process that includes the participation of our Members and partner international organisations. This process also involves the Specialist Commissions, ad hoc Groups and Working Groups. Please, watch the video below to understand better how International Standards are developed.
The relevant Specialist Commission consider requests to develop new standards or review existing standards received from a range of stakeholders including from Members, partner international organisations, and its scientific network. These requests are reviewed, prioritised and included on its respective work plans.
Calendar of the upcoming Specialist Commission meetings
|Commissions*||February 2023||September 2023||February 2024|
|Terrestrial Code Commission||7-17||5-14||6-16|
|Biological Standards Commission||6-10||4-8||5-9|
|Aquatic Animals Commission||15-22||13-20||14-21|
Ad hoc Groups and Working Groups
The ad hoc Groups and Working Groups may be requested to address specific topics to ensure that new or revised standards are based on the latest scientific evidence and knowledge. The views of the Members and partner international organisations are routinely sought through the circulation of draft and revised texts in the relevant Specialist Commission report.
The only pathway for adoption of a new or revised standard is by approval of the World Assembly of Delegates at the annual General Session in May. The newly adopted standards, then, enter into force.
These standards are published in a revised edition of the Aquatic Code or Terrestrial Code; as well as the two Diagnostic Manuals.