The developement of a plain language standard (explained here) has been approved by Technical Committee 37 (TC 37) (see that update here), here are 2 ways you can be involved in that work.

Directly involved

For you to be directly involved in the development of the standard:

  • you need to be a member of the relevant committee of your country’s standards organisation ― you can apply to the organisation to join; and
  • your country’s standards organisation needs to be a Participating Member of TC 37. You can check that here. If it isn’t, then you can contact it to encourage it to become one. We understand that TC 37 welcomes new Participating Members.

You can find contact details for your country’s standards organisation here if it’s a member.

All being well, an early draft of the possible plain language standard is likely to be reviewed at the next TC 37 annual meeting, which is in Bangor, Wales, UK from 21 to 26 June 2020. We hope to see as many plain language practitioners there as possible.

Indirectly involved

You can be indirectly involved in the development of the standard by commenting on the drafts that the International Plain Language Federation plans to circulate to its members (the Center, Clarity and PLAIN). They will then circulate the drafts to their individual members.