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Guidance for WG Officers

Guidance
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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 at:  http://standards.ieee.org/guides/companion/.

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:

http://standards.ieee.org/resources/glance.html.

Should you have questions or comments concerning this material, please contact your IEEE Standards Staff Liaison (http://standards.ieee.org/people/liaisons.html).

 

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