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FAQs: Mandatory Coordination

What you want to know about the role of coordination when balloting your IEEE draft standard.


What is mandatory coordination?
Mandatory coordination is a method of ensuring that two organizations are aware of, and have a chance to review, a draft standards project and its contents. These organizations are:

  • Standards Coordinating Committee 14 (SCC14) - Quantities, Units and Letter Symbols; and
  • IEEE-SA Staff Editorial Review.

These organizations are considered "mandatory coordination" because they are required by IEEE-SA rules and are listed on the Project Authorization Request (PAR) form and are automatically included in every ballot group.

A third mandatory coordination, for the IEEE Registration Authority Committee, may be automatically included in a balloting group if requested by the Sponsor at the time of draft submission for Sponsor ballot. It is normally requested if the PAR indicates the possible registration of objects or numbers to be included in or used by the project or if it becomes apparent through development of the draft that such may occur. (Back to top)

How is mandatory coordination achieved?
Mandatory coordination for SCC14 is achieved by allowing a representative of the coordinating organization an opportunity to review the Sponsor ballot document during the open Sponsor ballot period. Coordination is automatically processed by the myBallot system. password protected

Mandatory editorial coordination (MEC) needs to be completed prior to the start of your initial Sponsor ballot. Access MEC the form to begin the mandatory coordination. (Back to top)

Do mandatory coordination contacts have a vote on the standard?
Mandatory coordination contacts are not voting members of the balloting group. However, the Sponsor must address their comments and try to resolve them if possible. (Back to top)

What if I have additional questions about mandatory coordination?
For further information, contact your IEEE Standards Staff Liaison. External Link(Back to top)