The standards submission process is open to the public. If you have a good idea for a foodstuff standard, then we’re excited to hear it.
If you’d like to formally submit a document for acceptance as a standard, then please submit it as a request to the mailing list with either the
[Proposed Standard] or
[Standard Draft] tags in the subject line.
If your submission is accepted for review by the standards committee it will be added to the site as either a proposed standard or draft submission (according to the subject line tag). The submission will then undergo community discussion as an official RFC before it can be accepted.
Once a draft or proposal is accepted as an official standard, it will be updated accordingly by the staff.
Types of Submissions
All accepted documents are given a designation as per the following categories. Users can deduce the designation of a document by checking the top of the page while reading the document. The colored banner will denote the type.
- Draft [Red]: Any document that is in the process of being written.
- Informational [Orange]: A document that is not considered accepted as standard, but provides additional context about a standards decision or comparisons of different or similar standards.
- Experimental [Yellow]: Any document detailing either an experimental recipe or possibly research studies relating.
- Best Common Practice [Magenta]: A document detailing a best practice. Normally these are for processes in preparation in general.
- Proposed Standard [Indigo]: Documents that are undergoing the acceptance process to become official standards.
- Internet Standard [Green]: Accepted community standards. These are the criteria for being an IIFRP Compliant Product.
- Historic [Gray]: Previously accepted standards, or practices documents which are no longer relevant, but preserved for historical context.
- Obsolete [Brown]: Previously accepted standards, or practices documents which are no longer accepted and have been superseded by another standard.
- Unknown or Misc. [White]: Any document that does not fit into these categories or that the committee hasn’t assigned a designation.
Required Sections for Proposed Standards
When submitting a document for review and possible acceptance as a standard, it must contain the relevant following sections and subsections. Any sections or subsections that are not specified are left to the author, and additional subsections may be added where needed.
- 1.1. Rationale and Scope
- 1.2. Terminology
- Design and Assembly
- Extensibility Considerations
- International Considerations
- Formal Specification