Anyone can contribute change requests for ECLASS’ further development – no matter whether they’re members, licensees or simply interested experts. Change requests can relate to the addition or revision of commodity classes or properties.
They’re handled transparently and effectively, with the process including an examination for formal completeness and accuracy, review by the expert groups, adjustment if necessary, and a final review by a quality-management team.
Product experts in the expert groups process change requests and develop new content. ECLASS ensures that the expert groups include a balanced representation from industry, SMEs, the commercial sector and associations. Producers, traders, retailers and customers thus work closely together. Participation in the expert groups is cost-free, and is open to all interested subject-area experts. Anyone with an interest can thus help to extend the standard.
The further development of the standard follows rules that are transparent and based on international norms. The release plan is tiered; major releases, which additionally include structural changes, alternate with minor releases, which offer new content with unchanged structure. In this way, complexity is minimized for users even as the standard is kept up to date at all times.
If you’d like to gain a personal impression of the ECLASS development process, then simply take a look at the ECLASS-Wiki or visit the ECLASS Content Development Platform.