The standard could be about product specifications, meeting specific requirements, like how a test should be performed, specific limits for accepting or rejecting results, emphasis on accuracy and reproducibility, managing a process, delivering a service, or supplying materials—PDA standards can cover a broad range of scientific activities. The point is to provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product or service. PDA Standards are Intended to be Scientifically Derived Technical Standards. Examples Include:
- Material quality standards – this may describe tests, specifications, or data conversion on specified materials.
- Universal Process & procedure standards – This may be an agreed upon processes in the industry or agreed upon way of doing something.
- Format or Referencing standard – This could be an agreed upon list of definitions, nomenclature, or data formats to facilitate global harmonization in scientific language.
- Measurement/ Metrology standards - Supports harmonization in equipment use, statistical calculations, and formulas.