|Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
INCITS provides a variety of services and tools for its Technical Committee's. Some of the frequently asked questions are listed below:
What is INCITS?
is sponsored by the Information
Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade association representing
the leading U.S. providers of information technology products and services.
ITI members employ more than one million people in the United States and
in 2000, their revenues exceeded $668 billion worldwide.
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do I apply for INCITS membership?
All directly and
materially affected parties shall have the opportunity for fair and equitable
participation in INCITS. In order to comply with ANSI requirements, while
all parties may participate in the discussion, only those organizations domiciled
in the U.S. may vote to establish a U.S. position on TAG matters.
|Q3. How often does an INCITS Technical Committee have meetings?|
of INCITS meet regularly. The schedule for each is documented in the meetings calendar
and is governed as follows:
All meetings are held at the call of the Chair and within the frequencies indicated. Each agenda should include a standing item for review and confirmation of the date and location of the next meeting(s). Periodically, the schedule should be extended to a nine- to eighteen-month period ahead, with "tentative" indications when appropriate.
A duly called meeting is one for which the meeting notice and draft agenda are issued in accordance with Section 4.3.2.
When a quorum is not met
at such a duly called meeting or fewer than the number of voting members required
to approve an action, the members present may draft proposed actions for
submission to the entire membership for letter ballot or action at the next
meeting. They may conduct all business not requiring voting action. For TCs,
SGs and TGs, a duly called meeting shall count in determining the members'
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|Q4. My company has a new technology we'd like to advance as a standard. How do we proceed?|
project can be created within INCITS allowing for industry consensus to be
built. INCITS may also provide entry into the international standards arena.
To learn more, please contact Lynn Barra at Lbarra@itic.org or 202-626-5739.
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|Q5. If a member calls in to a meeting via telephone, does this count as the member having attended the meeting?|
What two types of membership does INCITS offer?
|Q7. The consortium to which I belong has a specification we would like to see reach international standards status?|
What is the required content for techncial committee
The required contents of minutes are as follows:
or detailed transcripts need not to be recorded; however, any specific statement
should be recorded when requested by the Chair, group, or a member. Records
of discussions and actions taken pertaining to any topic for which attendance
is restricted shall not be included in the minutes, except to record that
a position was developed.
INCITS also recommends
that the INCITS Anti-Trust Guidelines
be reviewed at the beginning of each meeting and invorrporated as a standing
anyone be named to a US Delegation for an International SC meeting?
"Voting member" means that the member has met the requirements for attendance, participation, and payment of fees of the organization with the TAG assignment.
Coordination members of the US TAG to JTC 1 are eligible to serve as members of U.S. delegations to JTC 1 Plenary meetings.
No U.S. persons
are permitted at an international meeting unless they are there in an official
capacity, i.e., members of a U.S. delegation, officers of the standards group
that is meeting, or designated representatives of other organizations participating
in the meeting. The Head of Delegation shall identify the presence of unauthorized
U.S. persons to the Chairman or Convener of the meeting. Following the meeting,
the Head of Delegation shall report unauthorized U.S. persons (and their
affiliations, if known) to the appropriate TAG and the INCITS Executive Board
for subsequent corrective action.
|Q10. How can a non-accredited
organization utilize the INCITS "Fast-Track" process to develop an American
As an Accredited Standards Committee, INCITS provides procedures to review for approval as an American National Standard, standards within its scope developed and approved by an organization not accredited by ANSI for processing them directly.
An organization not accredited by ANSI may propose that a candidate standard be submitted for INCITS processing or the organization that developed it may request INCITS processing. When such initiative is being considered within INCITS (the subject of a project proposal) or a preliminary inquiry is made by the sponsor, a proposal describing the candidate standard, its purpose, and scope is sent to the INCITS Secretariat for distribution to the Executive Board.
The INCITS Secretariat issues a call for comments on the proposal and INCITS members are asked to assess the proposal with respect to the following criteria:
objections are raised during this review, the developer will then be invited
to submit the following:
If objections are raised, the INCITS Secretariat will distribute those objections to the Executive Board and the proposer. The organization submitting the candidate standard will be required to respond to the objections raised in addition to the other documentation specified above. The entire package will be submitted to the Executive Board for approval.
Upon receipt, the Executive Board votes, in accordance with Section 4.4, to accept the proposal and initiate a public review. Upon approval, the INCITS Secretariat shall assign a liaison project number, and processing commences at Milestone 5 (Section 5.1.5), with the developer fulfilling the obligations of a TC.
The INCITS Secretariat will explicitly notify the TC chairs and
encourage them to notify their committee of the candidate standard's public
review period. The Secretariat's notification will include the results of
the the Executive Board vote and comments received during the the Executive
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