International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
Processes and Procedures

Processes & Procedures

Standards Development

Development process

Enquiry stage

Committee Draft for vote (CDV) (FormCDV)

Before passing to the approval stage, the bilingual Committee Draft for Vote (CDV) is submitted to all National Committees for a three-month voting period. It is the last stage at which technical comments can be taken into consideration. The CDV is considered as approved if:

  • a majority of two thirds of the votes cast by P-members is in favour, and if
  • the number of negative votes cast by all National Committees does not exceed one quarter of all the votes cast.

A revised version is then sent by the secretary to the Central Office within four months for Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) processing.


Note: If a CDV is approved with no negative votes and there are no technical changes, then it can proceed directly to publication.


When it is planned that the document will become a Technical Specification (and not an International Standard), only the first criterion concerning two thirds of the votes needs to be fulfilled and the revised version is then sent to Central Office to be published.