Policies and Procedures

Comprehensive information about IEEE SA governance, as well as links to relevant governing documents and boards and committees that support the standards development lifecycle.


1. Introduction

1.1 Scope and purpose
IEEE Bylaw I-303.6 establishes the IEEE Standards Association. It is represented on the IEEE Board of Directors and major Boards as specified in applicable provisions of the IEEE Bylaws and IEEE Policies. Its organization beyond that specified in the IEEE Bylaws and IEEE Policies is governed by this operations manual.

1.2 Mission
The IEEE Standards Association provides a globally open, inclusive, and transparent environment for market relevant, voluntary consensus standardization and other consensus activities that serve the global needs of industry, government, and the public. It also works to assure the effectiveness and high visibility of this program both within the IEEE and throughout the global community.

When appropriate, the IEEE SA will cooperate with standardizing groups throughout the world in the preparation of standards involving an area of interest within the scope of the IEEE. Approval of a standard by the IEEE SA signifies that the IEEE believes the document to be consistent with good engineering practice and that it represents a consensus of representatives from materially affected industries, governments, or public interests.

The IEEE SA is assigned authority for the standardization activities of the IEEE by the IEEE Board of Directors. The IEEE SA fulfills this assignment by activities such as but not limited to:

a) Encouraging active development of needed standards. This involves, for example, promotion of open and innovative deliberations that result in broad consensus in accordance with due process procedures detailed in the bylaws and operations manuals of the subsidiary boards and committees of the IEEE SA BOG.

b) Building upon the strengths of the standards developing community by involving appropriate interests and outside organizations.

c) Representing IEEE to external bodies on standards matters. This includes providing for cooperation with, and IEEE participation in, the activities of other organizations consistent with its scope and responsibilities.

d) Appointing External Representatives to participate in external bodies on standards matters (see 7.1). The IEEE SA also provides speakers to make presentations at meetings and conferences on subjects related to IEEE's standards interests and to participate in panels on standards-related subjects.

1.3 Conformance of products or systems to IEEE standards

1.3.1 Conformance
With the approval of the IEEE Board of Directors and as authorized, the IEEE SA BOG may establish groups

a) To act for the IEEE in product testing or in certification of products or systems to comply with IEEE standards, or

b) To offer opinion in the name of the IEEE on the conformance of products or systems to the requirements of IEEE standards for their intended use and safe operation.

1.3.2 IEEE standard designations
The unauthorized use of IEEE standards numbers to convey conformance with a corresponding IEEE standard shall constitute a declaration of conformance solely by the party using the number, and such party shall indicate that the IEEE has not certified, endorsed, or approved any such product.

2. References
IEEE Bylaws (current edition).

IEEE Policies (current edition).

IEEE Code of Conduct (current edition).

Robert's Rules of Order, Perseus Publishing (current edition).

3. Abbreviations and acronyms
ArCom: IEEE Standards Association Awards and Recognition Committee

BOG: Board of Governors

CAG: Corporate Advisory Group

IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

SASB: IEEE SA Standards Board

SMDC: Strategic Management and Delivery Committee

SPCC: Strategic Planning Coordination Committee

TAB: Technical Activities Board of the IEEE

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