ETSI Standardization Principles

ETSI standards and technical specifications are developed through processes which fulfil the following criteria

OPENNESS

ETSI standards and technical specifications are developed on the basis of open decision-making accessible to all interested parties in the market or markets affected by those ETSI standards and technical specifications. 

CONSENSUS

The decision-making process is collaborative and consensus based and does not favour any particular stakeholder.

TRANSPARENCY

  • All information concerning technical discussions and decision making is archived and identified
  • Information on new standardization activities is publicly and widely announced through suitable and accessible means
  • Participation of all relevant categories of interested parties is sought with a view to achieving balance
  • Consideration and response are given to comments by interested parties

ETSI standards and technical specifications meet the following requirements

MAINTENANCE

Ongoing support and maintenance of published ETSI standards and technical specifications are guaranteed over a long period.

AVAILABILITY

ETSI standards and technical specifications are publicly available for implementation and use on reasonable terms (including for a reasonable fee or free of charge).

POLICY

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) technically essential to the implementation of the ETSI standards and technical specifications have to be declared in a timely manner and are licensed on (fair) reasonable and non-discriminatory terms ((F)RAND) which can be without monetary compensation.

RELEVANCE

  • ETSI standards and technical specifications are effective and relevant
  • ETSI standards and technical specifications respond to market needs and/or regulatory requirements

NEUTRALITY and STABILITY

  • ETSI standards and technical specifications do not significantly limit the possibilities for implementers to develop competition and innovation based upon them
  • ETSI standards and technical specifications are based on advanced scientific and technological developments and demonstrate improvements

QUALITY

  • the quality and level of detail are sufficient to permit the development of a variety of competing implementations of interoperable products and services
  • standardized interfaces are not hidden or controlled by anyone other than the organizations that adopted the ETSI standards and technical specifications