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14 Scope

14.1 Purpose or rationale

 

The Scope clearly defines the subject of the document and the aspects covered, thereby indicating the limits of applicability of the document or particular parts of it.

 

If necessary, the Scope should indicate subjects that might be reasonably inferred to be covered but actually excluded from the document.

 

EXAMPLE

This document excludes…

 

In documents that are subdivided into parts, the Scope of each part shall define the subject of that part of the document only.

 

The Scope shall be succinct so that it can be used as a summary for bibliographic purposes, for example, as an abstract. If further details and background information are necessary, these shall be included in either the Introduction or in an annex.

 

14.2 Normative or informative?

The Scope is a normative element. It shall not contain requirements, permissions or recommendations.

 

14.3 Mandatory, conditional or optional?

The Scope is a mandatory element.

 

14.4 Numbering and subdivision

The Scope shall be numbered as Clause 1. It may be subdivided; however, this is not normally necessary as it is meant to be succinct.

 

14.5 Specific principles and rules

The Scope shall only appear once in each document and shall be worded as a series of statements of fact.

 

Forms of expression such as the following shall be used:

 

Statements of applicability of the document shall be introduced by wording such as:

  • "This document is applicable to …"
  • "This document does not apply to…"