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FAQs: PARs, the PAR Form & Continuous Processing

Addresses questions about the PAR, the committee that approves PARs, and the new methods to process PARS outside of the traditional, four-times-a-year meeting schedule.


What is a PAR?
PAR stands for Project Authorization Request. It is the means by which standards projects are started within the IEEE-SA. PARs define the scope, purpose, and contact points for the new project.(Back to top)

How is a PAR submitted and how do I know when it is approved?
A PAR is submitted on-line through the myProject system password protected and can be submitted by anyone, as long as they are an IEEE-SA member.

The PAR can be saved as a draft before submitting it to NesCom. Once it is submitted, changes can only be made by the NesCom Administrator. Once the PAR is approved, a confirmation will be sent via email to both the Sponsor Chair (or Sponsor Liaison) and Working Group Chair.

In order for the PAR to be added to a meeting agenda, the Sponsor has to approve the submittal in the system before the Sponsor Approval Cutoff. (Back to top)

How do I submit a PAR Extension Request?
Extension Requests are submitted on-line through the myProject system. password protected Once logged in, click on the Submit a PAR link. Under PAR Actions there is an option to Extend an Approved PAR. Once the request is submitted, confirmation will be sent through a myProject notification to both the Sponsor Chair (or Sponsor Liaison) and Working Group Chair.(Back to top)

If the working group or sponsor chair changes after a PAR is approved, do I need to submit a modified PAR?
No, if the Working Group or Sponsor Chair changes, a modified PAR is not necessary. When the chair accepts the new assignment in myProject, the information will be updated on the PAR.(Back to top)

Once a PAR number is assigned, can it be changed?
Changing a PAR number requires a request (with a reason) from either the sponsor or working group chair. The request can be made, via e-mail, to the NesCom Administrator. The request will be put on the consent agenda for the next scheduled NesCom meeting. (Back to top)

What is Continuous Processing?
Continuous Processing allows for PAR approval in between quarterly meetings and reduces the maximum time needed to process a PAR from approximately 90 days to 25 days.(Back to top)

How does Continuous Processing work?
Continuous Processing works just like the regular PAR review/approval process. The difference being that NesCom meets via teleconference, not in conjunction with the Standards Board. When NesCom makes it recommendations, they are then forwarded to the IEEE-SA Standards Board for a 10 day email ballot for final PAR approval and subsequent sponsor notification.(Back to top)

Is there a submission deadline and a schedule?
The submittal deadlines for Continuous Processing and all NesCom meetings is available on our website.(Back to top)