Quick Start Guide for NMC members

This quick start guide is aimed at NMC members that want to comment during a vote (e.g.: DIS, DTS, DPAS, etc.) or during a consultation on a Committee Draft (CD) in the Online document (OSD). Unless NMC members are duly appointed as ISO WG expert, NMC members may not comment on WD consultation.

This guide includes the following information:

  1. What is Online Standards Development
  2. National commenting in an online document
  3. As NMC member what do I need to do?
  4. Resources available
  5. F&Q

1 What is Online Standards Development

The Online Standards Development provides the technical community with a unique and harmonized platform for developing standards online, collaboratively, from the preliminary stage through to publication.

  • WG experts can work collaboratively to create the content of the standard and comment on the WD during the WD studies
  • ISO Members can provide their comments in the context of the document during the key standard development stage
  • NMC members can provide comments during the related stages (e.g.: CD, DIS, DTS, FDIS, etc.) following the instructions given by their national body. There are two options currently available today depending if the NMC is managed with the ISO Global Directory (e.g.: ISO members using ISOlution) or not. 1) Not online for NMCs that are not managed with the ISO Global Directory, 2) Online, when the NMC is managed with the ISO Global Directory.

Note: in the situation 1: “not online”, experts that may have certain permissions during the development/authoring phases of the project (WD stage, resolution of comments after CD etc.) may face permissions restrictions during the consultations and voting stages. During these consultations and voting stages, the comments (and voting) are the expression of a national position which requires coordination at national level independently of the expert’s role in the WG.


  • Committee Manager of ISO committee can then efficiently pre-work, sort and resolve comments directly in the context of the document
  • ISOCS internal editors can review the content of the document according to the ISO and IEC Directives


2 National commenting in an online document

OSD is built to suit diverse members' needs and processes. As such, members can decide to either use the full capability of the platform and comments directly in the OSD or to continue gathering comments using the usual ISO/IEC Commenting template. Regardless of the option chosen by members to collect national comments, all members must submit their national comments in the Online Document before the CD Consultation closes.


Option A: National commenting in OSD

• New OSD platform features used to gather national comments, consolidate comments and submit comments to ISO.


Option B: Upload national comments from ISO/IEC commenting file

• National comments gathered using the current ISO/IEC Commenting template and consolidated commenting file uploaded to the OSD platform.


For more information about the member commenting process with online document please view this article in the ISO Knowledge Base: Member Commenting – Getting started.


3 As a national expert what do I need to do?

Follow the commenting/voting instructions given by your national body. In case of question during the commenting and voting phases (CD, DIS, DTS, FDIS etc.) please ask your national body contact point for clarification.

4 Resources available

A dedicated section is available in this Knowledge Base for Commenting in an Online Document

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5 Frequently Ask Questions (F&Q)

Q1. I am a expert of the WG but I don't have access to the Online Document for commenting during the CD consultation. Why?


A1. During a CD consultation, national contributions are centralized by the NSB’s voter who is responsible to submit the consolidated national position to ISO. As such, an expert of the WG, who may also be expert of the National Mirror Committee (NMC), must refer to its NSB to ensure its contribution is taken into consideration along with the rest of the NMC experts. In this regard, WG experts do not get default access to the document to comment.

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