How to Find a Standards Committee

How to Find a Standards Committee

A standard begins with a project idea, formally known as a project authorization request (PAR), that is usually managed by the IEEE Society taking responsibility for the scope and content of a proposed standard. Before taking on a new standard, the IEEE Standards Board determines if it is needed and if enough participants are likely to step forward to develop it.

IEEE has a large number of standards committees. There are the 42 technical Societies within IEEE. Within those societies, there are often many committees that are already active in standards development. If work falls under the scope of one of these committees, then that’s where the work should be taken for further development. This path covers many of the standards projects developed in IEEE.

However, sometimes the work may be in a new area, one that isn’t covered by an existing Society or committee. In this case, those seeking a standards development committee management would approach the governing body for standards within an IEEE Society to see if they would be willing to manage the work.

In cases when an IEEE Society cannot commit to being a standards committee, the Entity Collaborative Activities Governance Board [for entity standards projects] or the Strategic and Emerging Standards Committee (SESCom) of the IEEE SA Board of Governors can play the role of standards committee.

If you are not sure how to begin, contact the IEEE SA Operational Program Management team, and they will be able to walk you through finding a standards committee.

A listing of current standards committee Policies and Procedures and standards committee Scopes is available at


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