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Normative framework

Short Description

A Normative framework is a set of rules that are followed and/or criteria that remain fulfilled by (a specific kind of) entities whose behavior and/or properties are characterized as 'normal'. Equivalently, one might say that abiding by the rules in an applicable normative framework is what constitutes normal behavior, and that having properties as specified by an applicable normative framework is what normally, entities would have.

Normative frameworks may describe 'normal' behavior and properties, but a set of rules may also be defined as being a normative framework, in which case compliance with that normative framework is 'the norm'. Laws, rules, policies etc. that are part of (the legal system of) a jurisdiction are typical examples. Also, standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 27001 can be designated as normative frameworks for organizations that want to have a good quality management system or information security management system respectively.

Normative frameworks may also come with be associated with assessment frameworks that enable (independent) auditors to establish whether or not an entity is compliant, and issue a certificate (e.g. in the form of a credential, or otherwise) stating such compliance.


A Normative framework may serve for the purpose of describing what the normal behavior and/or characteristics of an entity (e.g. a party, or an actor) are. Certificates (perhaps in the form of a credential) may be issued that state compliance of such an entity with the normative framework


A Normative framework is a party,

  • that consists of at least two different parties (its members);
  • that sets objectives for realizing results that enable its members to achieve their individual objectives more efficiently and/or effectively;
  • whose members contribute to the realization of these objectives.