PLASA plays a key role in the development of Standards with the aim of creating industry consensus on technical and business best practice. Subject matter experts from around the world participate in the development of these standards, many of which are used by the industry worldwide.
In North America, PLASA leads the ANSI accredited Technical Standards Program (created by ESTA), which is responsible for developing standards and recommended practices that facilitate the use of new and existing equipment and promote safe working conditions in the industry. Under the TSP, PLASA facilitates a number of industry-led working groups focusing on control protocols, electrical power, fog and smoke, followspot position, performance floors, photometrics, rigging and stage lifts.
In Europe, the organization works closely with the BSI in the UK and CENELEC in Europe to support the development of standards for the industry.
At a worldwide level, PLASA is a key contributor to the development of ISO international standards and has numerous representatives sitting on standards-making bodies.