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ESTABLISH A LIAISON

ITU
To establish coordination between an IEEE Working Group and an ITU Study Group, contact via email, Mike Lynch, technical liaison for ITU-R; or the Global Activities Office.

ISO, IEC or ISO/IEC JTC 1
(Excerpted from the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 1.17.1)

In order to be effective, a liaison shall operate in both directions, with suitable reciprocal arrangements. The desirability of liaison shall be taken into account at an early stage of the work.

The liaison organization shall accept the policy based on the ISO/IEC Directives concerning copyright (see ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 2.13), whether owned by the liaison organization or by other parties. The statement on copyright policy will be provided to the liaison organization with an invitation to make an explicit statement as to its acceptability. The cooperating organization is not entitled to make any charges for documents submitted.

A liaison organization shall agree to ISO/IEC procedures, including IPR (see ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 2.13). Liaison organizations shall accept the requirements of 2.14 on patent rights (see ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 2.14).

Types of Liaisons

Category A Liaison | Category C Liaison | Category D Liaison

Category A Liaison - Can be established with ISO, IEC or ISO/IEC JTC1

Definition
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 1.17.2.1)

Organizations that make an effective contribution to the work of the technical committee or subcommittee for questions dealt with by this technical committee or subcommittee. Such organizations are sent copies of all relevant documentation and are invited to meetings. They may nominate experts to participate in a Working Group/Project Team (see ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 1.12.1).

Acceptance Criteria
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 1.17.2.2)

The liaison organizations shall be international or broadly based regional organizations working or interested in similar or related fields. Technical committees and subcommittees shall seek the full and, if possible, formal backing of the organizations having liaison status for each document in which the latter is interested.

Establishment of a Category A Liaison with ISO, IEC
(Excerpted from the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 1.17.2.3)

Liaisons are established by the Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the secretariat of the technical committee or subcommittee concerned. They are centrally recorded and reported to the technical management board.

Review of Liaisons
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 (Procedures for the technical work) (2011, 8th ed.), PDF format subclause 1.17.1)

Technical committees and subcommittees shall review all their liaison arrangements on a regular basis, at least every 2 years, or at every committee meeting.

Category C Liaison - Can only be established with ISO/IEC JTC 1

Definition
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Supplement - Procedures Specific to JTC 1 (First edition 2010), PDF format subclause 1.18.3.6)

Organisations which make an effective technical contribution and participate actively at the working group or project level of JTC 1 or its subcommittees.

Acceptance Criteria
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Supplement - Procedures Specific to JTC 1 (First edition, 2012), PDF format subclause 1.18.3.7)

Category C liaisons are proposed by JTC 1 to the ITTF after receiving a recommendation from the appropriate JTC 1 subsidiary body, i.e. an SC (or WG reporting directly to JTC 1). Each request for liaison status forwarded to JTC 1 from an appropriate JTC 1 subsidiary body must contain a statement of expected benefits and responsibilities accepted by both the JTC 1 organisation and the organisation requesting liaison status.

Management of Liaisons
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Supplement - Procedures Specific to JTC 1 (First edition, 2010), PDF format subclause 1.18.3.8)

The ITTF must reaffirm the liaison status of the organisation if there is continued evidence of active participation in the work of the WG or project and appropriate NB participation exists.

Review of Liaisons
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Supplement - Procedures Specific to JTC 1 (First edition, 2010), PDF format subclause 1.18.3.9)

In JTC 1 and its subgroups, liaisons relationships shall be reviewed annually. The result of this review shall be forwarded to ITTF for further action.

Rights and Obligations
(Excerpted from ISO/IEC Directives, Supplement - Procedures Specific to JTC 1 (First edition, 2010), PDF format subclause 1.18.3.10)

Representatives shall have the right to participate in the meetings of the subcommittee or working group whose work they have been designated to follow but shall not have the right to vote. They may contribute to the discussion in the meetings, including the submission of written contributions, on matters within the competence of their organisation.

Category D Liaison- Can only be established with ISO or IEC Working Groups/Project Teams

Definition
The ISO/IEC Directives defines Category D Liaisons as organizations that make a technical contribution to and participate actively in the work of an IEC working group, maintenance team, or project team.

For more information on the requirements of and establishing a Category D Liaison between IEEE and the IEC, see the IEEE-SA Standards Board Operations Manual, clause 7.2.

For assistance in establishing a liaison, please contact via email the Global Activities Office.