According to a BSI document “Principles of PAS standardization” “The term PAS was originally an acronym derived from “publicly available specification”. However, not all PAS documents are structured as specifications and the term is now sufficiently well established not to require any further amplification.” However, early examples of PAS were actually titled “Product Approval Specification” as illustrated in the accompanying photograph showing part of PAS 003.
I got curious about how the players in the certification business manage to push “Publicly Available Specifications” (low quality & fast track pseudo standards) into the market for the certification of management systems for Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S). I think that the Britisch PAS 1010 and the German DIN SPEC 91020 are indecent tricks designed to avoid a consensual standard development. Employee organizations (unions) are not seriously given a voice.