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The development and change of the IBCS standards is governed by a transparent process with appropriate deadlines allowing for a broad public discussion before releasing new versions (Standards Change Process). The process has been designed and approved by the Active Members of the IBCS Association. All decisions throughout this process are taken by the Active Members. Due to practical considerations, the Active Members can vote for a Standards Control Board (SCB) of five Active Members representing them.

The Standards Change Process works as follows:

1  Public discussion of the latest Released Version
The latest Released Version of the Standards is permanently open for discussion. Comments on existing topics and suggestions for additional topics result in so-called Change Requests.

2  Opening a new draft version (Consultation Draft)
It is up to the Active Members to decide on starting the process of issuing a new version of the Standards. When starting the process, all Change Requests are discussed within the Active Members. For every Change Request there are three possible outcomes:
  1. Accepted: The Change Request will be included into the Consultation Draft.
  2. Rejected: The Change Request will not be included into the Consultation Draft.
  3. Further investigations required: The Change Request will not be included into the Consultation Draft, but it remains open.
The decisions are documented and published together with the Consultation Draft of the Standards and a documentation of the changes compared to the latest released version.

3 Public discussion of the Consultation Draft
The Consultation Draft is subject to a public consultation process of 3 to 6 months (Consultation Period) prior to its release. Comments on existing topics and suggestions for additional topics result in so-called Change Requests.

4 Releasing the final version (Released Version)
At the end of the Consultation Period, all provisions of the Consultation Draft without a Change Request are generally accepted and automatically transferred into the final released version. All Change Requests are discussed within the Active Members. For every Change Request there are three possible outcomes:
  1. Accepted: The Change Request will be included into the Released Version.
  2. Rejected: The Change Request will not be included into the Released Version.
  3. Further investigations required: The Change Request will not be included into the Released Version, but it remains open.
The decisions are documented and published together with the Released Version of the Standards and a documentation of the changes compared to the previous Released Version.
   

 

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