A Publicly Available Specification or PAS is a standardization document that closely resembles a formal standard in structure and format but which has a different development model.
PASs are often produced in response to an urgent market need.
Under the BSI model, any organization, association or group who wish to document standardized best practice on a specific subject, can commission a PAS, subject to the BSI acceptance process. A British Standard and a PAS must reach full consensus between all stakeholders on technical content. The timescale for the development of a PAS can be shorter, typically around 8 months, and is why it is sometimes referred to as a 'fast-track standard'.
The development of a PAS cannot conflict with, or contradict, existing or draft work within the formal standards arena and must complement, not conflict with, any legislation in the subject area. It is also written in accordance with BS drafting rules, which means that the content must be technically robust and cannot be technically constrained i.
Specification of common management system requirements as a framework for integration
It is written unambiguously and with objectively verifiable requirements or recommendations. However, not all PAS documents are structured as specifications and the term is now sufficiently well established not to require any further amplification.
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