Maintenance of IEEE Standards
Information on the maintenance process for IEEE standards.
Approved IEEE standards will either be active or inactive. Active standards must undergo a revision process at least every 10 years [i.e., approved as revised standards by the IEEE SA Standards Board (SASB) within 10 years of the prior revision, even if the standard is not changed]. Standards can become inactive through a Standards Association ballot to withdraw, or will be made inactive if they do not complete a revision process within 10 years.
The following outline the statuses of IEEE standards:
- active: These standards are currently being maintained.
- superseded: These standards have been replaced with a revised version of the standard, or by a compilation of the original active standard and all its existing amendments, corrigenda, and errata.
- inactive-reserved: These standards are removed from active status through an administrative process for standards that have not undergone a revision process within 10 years.
- inactive-withdrawn: These standards have been removed from active status through a ballot where the standard is made inactive as a consensus decision of a balloting group.
Standards withdrawn by ballot or administratively withdrawn prior to 1 January 2012 are identified as withdrawn standards, and have not been reclassified as inactive-withdrawn or inactive-reserved.
Yes. An inactive-withdrawn or inactive-reserved standard can be revised at any time. The inactive-withdrawn or inactive-reserved standard will remain inactive. Any active standard created by revising an inactive-withdrawn or inactive-reserved standard will be the revision approved by the SASB, and will be identified using that approval date.
No. There is a 10 year cutoff on the maintenance of an approved standard. If the revision project has not been completed and approved by Year 10, the approved standard will be transferred to inactive-reserved status.
The PAR for the revision project will remain active until the expiration date for the PAR.
The consensus process is the arbiter of what changes should or should not be made. The Standards Association ballot process allows materially interested parties and technical experts to determine through consensus whether specific changes should be made to the draft standard. Those interested in helping to ensure that arbitrary changes are avoided should participate in the Standards Association ballot process.
Corrigenda corrects a technical error, as well as a semantic error. Since they are correcting technical errors, Corrigenda do need a PAR and go through a consensus ballot.
Errata sheets are separate pages issued after an IEEE standard has been approved and published. They correct typographical or editorial errors that have been found in that particular IEEE standard. An Errata sheet does not require a PAR and a consensus ballot.
An amendment (for additions or changes to a standard) or corrigendum (for corrections to a standard) can be created for any active standard. No new amendment or corrigendum for an inactive standard will be approved. NOTE: Amendments and corrigenda do not impact the maintenance cycle of the original active standard. The maintenance requirement for the original active standard can only be met by completing an appropriate revision action, or by transferring the standard to inactive status.
No. The previously published standard will remain available so the designation will not change. IEEE SA databases and online product descriptions will be updated to show the most recent date of approval by the IEEE SASB.
Yes. A draft must be provided for the ballot review with all existing amendments and corrigenda integrated into the draft. The ballot package may also include the separately published original active standard, amendments, corrigenda, and errata to allow the ballot group to review the accuracy of the compilation. After approval by the SASB, the designation will change. The standard will be published as a revision with a new designation showing the most recent date of approval by the SASB.
Yes, a revision can consist of only changes to normative references and the bibliography. However, during the Standards Association ballot, revision procedures apply (i.e., the entire document is open to comments and changes).
The Standards Committee for any standard that is currently an ANS will need to explain to the RevCom Administrator during Year 5 whether a revision is in progress, or whether a revision is slated to be completed within the next 5 years. If a revision is not in progress, the Standards Committee shall provide the schedule of work that will lead to a revision. This information will be forwarded to ANSI as an extension request.
Standards that undergo development as a part of the ISO/IEEE PSDO or IEC/IEEE Dual-Logo Agreement will need to coordinate their maintenance timeline with the partner or adopting organization as per the agreements, or defer to the partner or adopting organization’s decision on maintenance. Questions about specific projects should be directed to [email protected].
IEEE adopts standards from other SDOs using the existing process shown in Clause 5.6.2 of the IEEE SA Standards Board Operations Manual. However, once the adopted standards are approved, they are subject to the 10-year maintenance timeline to remain an active IEEE standard. Questions about specific projects should be directed to your Staff Liaison.
Yes. A Standards Committee and Working Group can conduct the revision of a standard at any time. A revision prior to Year 10 will keep the standard continuously active for another 10-year period after the approval of the revision by the SASB.
Yes. A Standards Committee and Working Group can conduct a withdrawal ballot at any time.
Yes, inactive standards are available for purchase from the IEEE Standards Store.
The IEEE SA website will show the status of any IEEE standard as a part of the search result.