WHO OVERSEES THE PROCESS?
As mentioned in How Are Standards Made?, Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) typically oversee the development of standards. SDOs serve as facilitators for the standards development process, offering the platforms, rules, governance, methodologies and even facilitation services that objectively address the standards development lifecycle. Each SDO is independently run, maintaining their own methods, policies and process to ensure high quality outputs and reinforce the market relevance of industry and technology standards.
IEEE standards follow a well-defined path from concept to completion, guided by a set of five basic principles: due process, openness, consensus, balance and right of appeal. These imperatives ensure fairness and good standards practice during the development cycle, and help validate approved standards. These operating principles have special import for IEEE and the IEEE SA because the U.S. Department of Justice has held that standards organizations are responsible for the actions of their standards developers.
These principles are:
The IEEE Standards Association - One of the World's Leading SDOs
IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) oversees the IEEE standards development process. Today, IEEE is one of the world's leading global standards development organizations.
Governance and Oversight of the IEEE SA
The IEEE SA is governed by the IEEE SA Board of Governors (BOG) who are elected by IEEE SA Members. The President serves as the chair of the BOG and reports to the IEEE Board of Directors as the representative for the IEEE SA. In short, the BOG directs the operation of the IEEE SA, including financial oversight and operational management.
The BOG establishes the guidelines for the operation of the IEEE SA and has many documented rules, procedures and governance policies. In fulfillment of its mission the IEEE SA BOG has established several committees, with specific areas of oversight. These include the:
Governance and Oversight for the IEEE Standards Development Process
The IEEE SA Standards Board reports directly to the IEEE SA BOG, and oversees the IEEE standards development process. Standards Board members are appointed by the Board of Governors (BOG) and must be IEEE SA members in good standing.
In alignment with the IEEE SA Operations Manual and its own Bylaws, the Standards Board oversees the process and policies that support standards development. It also provides guidelines for the development of individual and entity-driven standards to ensure a fair and equitable process.
The Standards Board has appointed a number of committees to oversee and facilitate the standards development process. These include:
Together, these groups work with the Standards Board to ensure the continued vitality and effectiveness of the IEEE standards development program.
Find out more information about the policies of the IEEE SA BOG and Standards Board.