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SDO Responsibilities

Once accredited, Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) have a series of on-going responsibilities to ensure their continued accreditation.
Ongoing compliance and auditing
SDOs need to ensure they continue to comply with the Requirements for Accreditation of Standards Development Organisations. During their accreditation period an SDO will be periodically reassessed, through surveillance audits, to verify this on-going compliance. The audits are conducted in accordance with an agreed schedule which will depend upon the level of standards writing activity of the SDO but are not more frequent than yearly
The term of accreditation is normally three years but may be varied by the SDAC depending on the level of activity and the history of the SDO. At the end of the accreditation period a reaccreditation audit is carried out to ensure continuing compliance and the suitability of the organisation to continue standardisation activities for the next 3+ years. Reaccreditation audits are generally longer and more detailed that surveillance audits.
Steps in a surveillance or re-accreditation audit are the same and are shown in this audit flowchart.


The logo and the Word mark ‘Australian Standard®’ are registered trademarks of Standards  Australia. Accredited SDOs are licensed by  Standards Australia (SA) to use the logo and the mark  subject to certain conditions.  
While the SDO retains copyright on the standards they develop, part of the licensing conditions require the SDO to provide to SA an exclusive worldwide licence to publish, distribute, market and sell each Australian Standard® developed by the SDO. Under the terms of a publishing licensing agreement between SA and SAI Global, SA must then sublicense to SAIG the exclusive rights to publish and sell these standards. Royalties from the sale of the standards are returned to the SDO (not SA).
In practice, an SDO can enter into other agreements with SAI Global regarding the sale and distribution of their standards. These other agreements often assist SDOs with arrangements for distribution of published standards to their members.
Further information on the use of the Logo and the presentation of standards can be found in the Style Manual for Accredited SDOs.
International participation
SDOs have an obligation to ensure they take into account International Standardisation activities, either by adopting International standards or by participating in international standards committees.
Standards Australia is the Australian member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Participation in the standardisation activities of these two bodies is through SA. Further details are available under international involvement.
Participation by the SDO in other international standardisation activities, such as the ITU or Codex, is the responsibility of the SDO.
Maintenance of standards
SDOs are required to maintain and keep up-to-date the Australian Standards they develop. This normally involves a periodic review (after 5-7 years) of the published document. As a result of the review the standard can be revised, reconfirmed or withdrawn depending currency of the requirements in the standard.
SDOs are required to pay fees to Standards Australia to cover their accreditation, use of the logo and audit costs.