Special types of document satisfy the needs presented by technological developments in fast-moving industries such as the IT sector, and the need for swift standardization of research results. These documents are published under the umbrella of standards organizations. They include DIN SPECs, VDE SPECs, VDE rules of application, CEN and/or CENELEC Workshop Agreements (CWAs) and International Workshop Agreements (IWAs). They can be developed and published significantly more quickly than standards.The growing number of fast-track standardization documents being produced is indicative of their increasing acceptance in the market, for example in the area of services and e-business. They are also being produced more and more frequently on topics relating to safety and the protection of health.
"Fast-track" standardization documents such as DIN SPECs and CWAs are however not subject to the full breadth of essential standardization principles, such as participation by all stakeholders in the process. In KAN's view, documents of relevance to occupational safety and health should be developed and adopted by committees subject in full to the rules for standardization work. In order for the German OSH lobby to carry its position through, at European and international as well as national level, KAN published a position paper (pdf, accessible) on the subject.
KANBrief 1/23 KAN updates its position on fast-track standardization documents