New Workgroup (WG) Officers
Congratulations on your appointment as a officer of an
IEEE EMC Society, Standards Development Committee WorkGroup (WG)! In
your new role you are a key leader in the development of IEEE Standards.
By being approved your project has been judged to of high importance to the EMC
community and for the development of the discipline of EMC. The Standards
Development Committee (SDCom) wishes you every success in this important endeavor
and are available to assist you along the way in any way we can.
This page is intended to provide a brief, general
overview of how a workgroup is initiated, and conducted. Much more detail
is provided in the documents referenced.
1. The first step to initiate a standards project
within the EMC Society is that some interested party secures a PAR (Project
Authorization Request) and submits it to the SDCom. Any interested party
may submit a PAR. A PAR form (and many other useful documents are available
on-line at: http://standards.ieee.org/guides/.
The IEEE Standards Companion will also be helpful and can be obtained on-line
2. Once the project has been approved the
officers of the WG should each get a copy of the IEEE
Standards Companion and the Policies
and Procedures for the SDCom. These documents will guide you through
the standards development process.
3. The WG then begins its work, develops a
technical consensus regarding the various issues facing its project and drafts a
document. The SDCom will request periodic reports on the progress of the
WG. Typically a report is requested for each SDCom meeting, approximately
3-4 times per year.
4. To assist the WG's in there work space is
available on the IEEE Standards WEB Site. An E-MAIL reflector and
discussion board can also be established for the WG. Work with the SDCom
liaison to establish these facilities. You are encouraged to make use of
electronic communications as it will both speed your effort and make
participation in your group available to a wider group of people.
5. When the WG has a draft it is satisfied with
formal balloting begins. In order to assure consensus and technical
accuracy of all IEEE standards balloting is a careful and methodical
process. You will want to discuss the balloting process in detail with the
SDCom officers and work closely with them through this process.
6. Upon successful completion of the
balloting process the IEEE office assigns a technical editor to make final
preparation of the draft for publication and to guide the publication. The
WG officers may be called upon at this time to advise the editor in order to
assure the technical integrity of the final published standard.
Help for Standards Developers
IEEE Standards recently announced that a new section was added
to the IEEE Standards web site. Titled "IEEE Standards Process at a
Glance," this area is designed to help guide new working group chairs and
other standards developers through the sometimes complex IEEE standards
development process. This new tool provides a series of hyperlinks to the
official rules and policies, support documents, FAQs, forms, and other materials
that can aid volunteers as they develop and maintain IEEE Standards. For ease of
use, this new section has been organized according to the chronology of the
standards process [Getting Started (the PAR); Writing the Draft; Balloting; and
Approval of the Standard (RevCom)]. IEEE Standards hopes you will find
this a welcome and useful tool. You can view Standards Process at a Glance at
the following URL:
Should you have questions or comments concerning this
material, please contact your IEEE Standards Staff Liaison (http://standards.ieee.org/people/liaisons.html).