The name of the organization is PACIFIC AREA STANDARDS CONGRESS, hereinafter referred to as PASC.

  • To exchange information and views between national standards bodies and among organizations interested in standardization and conformance and initiate necessary actions to help ensure that international standardization activities are properly coordinated on a consensus basis to meet world needs and foster international trade and commerce.
  • To provide a geographically convenient forum for the countries and territories of the Pacific area to develop recommendations for communication to the international standards bodies, particularly ISO and IEC.
  • To form a consultative liaison with International and Regional standards bodies to help them meet world needs in standardization through communication of recommendations of PASC members.
  • To provide a central site for papers and reports on related subjects which further the objectives of PASC.
  • To work with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), relevant APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs), and multilateral agencies to support economic and technical infrastructure development and free trade in the region. This may extend to seeking financial assistance from those bodies. In this capacity, PASC serves as the APEC Specialist Regional Body for Standards.
  • To actively promote the benefits of standardization and conformance in the region to governments, industry and consumers.
  • To provide a source of information for members on standards and conformance issues in the region and globally and to promote the region at the international level
    To have members promote PASC and its activities within their countries
    To promote the benefits of PASC membership to other National Standards Bodies (NSBs).
  • To determine the policy and technical standardization priorities of members and establish mechanisms to address items of greatest common interest to PASC.
  • To consider evolving strategic issues in international standardization and examine possible changes in the current international structures, approaches and organizations that may be necessary to meet future requirements.
  • To ensure that members contribute sufficient resources to allow for effective and efficient achievement of PASC’s objectives.
  • To support and promote adherence to the provisions of relevant WTO Agreements, including the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), among PASC member countries.

Membership in PASC shall be by invitation of a PASC member organization, upon an affirmative vote of a majority of PASC members at a PASC meeting, or by postal ballot. Membership is open to any country or territory:

  • Bordering on the Pacific Rim whose standards organization is full, subscriber,associate, affiliate or correspondent member of ISO and IEC; or
  • With a national organization that PASC determines is capable of making a contribution to the purposes and objectives of PASC.

Membership in PASC will lapse if a member fails to attend three consecutive meetings. Any lapsed member could apply for re-admittance to PASC at a subsequent meeting under the criteria for membership in effect at the time of re-application.

Attendance by observers from non PASC member organizations, other than
representatives of ISO and IEC and a representative of each of the other four Specialist Regional Bodies recognized by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance (APEC SCSC), will only be agreed by the Chair of the meeting, where attendance is requested by a member and input will benefit PASC members. All observers will be excluded from Executive Sessions of PASC.

Adoption of PASC resolutions is principally by consensus. If required, PASC may reach decisions by a majority vote.

At the end of each meeting, the upcoming host country member advises the Chair for the next PASC meeting. The incoming Chair assumes responsibility on 1 January of the year after the preceding meeting, allowing sufficient time for the previous Chair to complete duties and follow-up from the previous meeting.

A Vice Chair, available should the Chair be absent for any reason, will be appointed by the meeting and will normally be from the member to host the next PASC meeting.

The Secretary will be appointed by PASC to a member for a period of three years.

The Secretary may be appointed for one further term of three years. The Secretary will assist the host to plan all aspects of each annual meeting including agenda and all logistic arrangements, calling on other members, government, industry, or consumer groups to assist with meeting costs as necessary.

The PASC Secretary will also fulfil the duties of Secretary to the PASC Executive Committee (PASC EC, see Section 7). The PASC Secretary and PASC EC Secretary willbe responsible for following up on actions required by PASC and its Executive Committee. The Secretary will handle any special requests for attendance for each PASC meeting in consultation with the PASC Chair, and will invite representatives of ISO, IEC and ITU and a representative of each of the other Specialist Regional Bodies (APLAC, APLMF, APMP and PAC) to attend as observers.

To fulfil the objectives of PASC between meetings of PASC an executive committee (PASC EC) is maintained.

The PASC Executive Committee (PASC EC) reports to PASC, and is open to all members of PASC, meeting as required to fulfil its role. Other work is completed by correspondence.

PASC EC may establish ad-hoc groups as required for specific tasks. These groups will be disbanded once the tasks are completed.

On reccomendation of the PASC EC, the Chair of the PASC EC is appointed by PASC for a three year term from the members of the PASC EC, and can be reappointed for additional three year terms as agreed by PASC. Membership, and working procedures of the PASC EC are given in the PASC EC Terms of Reference, Annex 2.

Communication of a PASC resolution to international and regional standards bodies should normally be the responsibility of the Secretary or a designated individual PASC member. The Secretary or member designated should mention in the communication that the subject had been the topic of discussion at a PASC meeting.