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 lifecyle.


1. Introduction

1.1 Scope and purpose
The organization and basic procedures of the IEEE-SA Standards Board are covered by the IEEE-SA Standards Board Bylaws. The following material supplements the provisions of the IEEE-SA Standards Board Bylaws, which shall be the prevailing document in the event of conflict. The purpose of this document is to specify the procedures that shall be followed in the standards-development process in use within the IEEE.

1.2 Types of IEEE standards
IEEE standards include but are not limited to:

  • Lists of terms, definitions, or symbols, applicable to any field of science or technology within the scope of the IEEE.
  • Expositions of scientific methods of measurement or tests of the parameters or performance of any device, apparatus, system, or phenomenon associated with the art, science, or technology of any field within the scope of the IEEE.
  • Characteristics, performance, and safety requirements associated with devices, equipment, and systems with engineering installations.
  • Recommendations reflecting current state-of-the-art in the application of engineering principles to any field of technology within the scope of the IEEE.

IEEE standards are classified as:

  • Standards: documents with mandatory requirements.[1]
  • Recommended practices: documents in which procedures and positions preferred by the IEEE are presented.
  • Guides: documents in which alternative approaches to good practice are suggested but no clear-cut recommendations are made.
  • Trial-Use documents: publications in effect for not more than two years. They can be any of the categories of standards publications listed above. (See 5.7.)

The IEEE standards development process may result in one or more of the following documents:

  • New: A document that does not replace or modify another standard.
  • Revision: A document that updates and replaces (i.e., supersedes) an existing IEEE standard in its entirety.
  • Amendment: A document that adds to, removes from, or alters material in a portion of an existing IEEE standard and may make editorial or technical corrections to that standard.
    • NOTE — An amendment to a standard may be prepared to maintain the state-of-the-art within the standard due to advancing technology or techniques. An amendment facilitates the timely change of an existing IEEE standard prior to its complete revision.
  • Corrigendum: A document that only corrects editorial errors, technical errors, or ambiguities in an existing IEEE standard. A corrigendum does not introduce new material.
    • NOTE — A typical corrigendum may contain:
      — Corrections to equations, tables, or figures, or their associated numbering or citations in the text
      — Corrections to technically incorrect sentences or paragraphs
  • Erratum: A document that contains only grammatical corrections to, or corrections of errors introduced during the publishing process of, an existing IEEE standard. An erratum is based on the comparison of the final balloted version of the standard as compared to the published version.

IEEE Standards Project Editors can assist Sponsors in determining whether an amendment or revision is appropriate.

IEEE standards may be in one of three states of activity:

  • Developing: Standards projects that have not yet been approved as standards.
  • Active: Approved standards that have not been transferred to inactive status.
  • Inactive: Standards that are no longer being reviewed or assessed for accuracy, relevance to current practices, or further applications; these standards are removed from active status (i.e., these standards are transferred from active to inactive status). (See 9.2).

1.3 Standards documentation
All IEEE-SA draft standards, meeting minutes, Sponsor ballot materials, and Sponsor ballot comments shall be in the English language.

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[1] Mandatory requirements are generally characterized by use of the verb "shall," whereas recommended practices normally use the word "should." See the IEEE Standards Style Manual located in myProject for further information.