A WA is a standards document developed through
a process meant to enable stakeholders to discuss, negotiate and begin coming to consensus in an open workshop environment, outside of a technical committee. A WA can be produced on any subject and is particularly useful in fields where there are many unknowns, such as emerging and fast-moving technological development, many stakeholders with varying interests, and/or few standards in the domain.

A WA can:

  • Create visibility of the need for standardization in the targeted field
  • Create understanding and co-ordination among stakeholders
  • Help shape the future direction of the subject and influence future standards development
  • Support other standardization deliverables
  • Not restricted to accredited standards development organizations for development
1. Proposal
Identify need and rationale, along with preliminary documents, and potential stakeholders
2. Notice of Development
Inform public/stakeholders of workshop to raise awareness
3. Workshop(s)
Hold workshop(s) to facilitate discussion and capture outcomes
4. Draft
Developer drafts WA, circulates for comment and general agreement
5. Publication
Publish WA within two months of workshop date
6. Maintenance
Monitor and track feedback, review WA within 3 years

Other standards


Community-Sourced Guidance

The first step in developing a useful and relevant standard in a subject area is to understand the existing landscape of standards and related documents. CSG collects this...

Publicly Available Specification

A PAS is a standards document suitable to be developed in response to an identified urgent market need. It is often developed at the request of a sponsor to serve the needs of an...

Other Recognized Document

An ORD is a document developed by a certification body, in the absence of a recognized Canadian standard, to establish safety and performance criteria for a new product or...

National Technical Specification

A TS is a standards document developed to address the needs of a fast-paced and changing market or regulatory environment when an existing National Standard of Canada or...

National Standard of Canada

An NSC is a standard developed by an SCC- accredited standards development organization, according to SCC’s Requirements and Guidance based on international best practices. These...