Standards Committee: Standards Review & Updates

The Standards Committee conducts a review of the Standards for potential updates using a timeline as determined by committee and organiztional leadership (typically every 4 - 5 years). 
The committee reviews market and industry trends and ongoing questions from the membership, and uses that information to recommend changes to the Standards. The Standards Consultant keeps an ongoing list of questions from the membership to assist with recommended changes. Members may also submit suggestions for revisions via an online form.
Changes are first discussed, reviewed and approved by the committee (or a smaller task force first if needed, and then brought to the full committee for a vote). If substantial changes are recommended, a draft may be submitted to the membership for comment, and additional revisions made based on comments received. Once the Standards Committee has approved the changes, the Board of Directors votes on the final document. The Executive Director then manages the communications about the changes to the membership, vendors, and the media.