How we organize our work
We use a range of different types of committee to undertake different tasks:
- Technical Committee (TC) – addressing a number of standardization activities in a specific technology area.
- ETSI Project (EP) – similar to a Technical Committee but established to meet particular market sector needs rather than centred around a basic technology. ETSI Projects last for a fixed period of time.
- ETSI Partnership Project – established when there is a need to co-operate with other organizations to achieve a standardization goal. There are currently two Partnership Projects: the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™) and oneM2M.
- Industry Specification Group (ISG) – operating alongside our traditional standards-making mechanisms and focusing on a very specific activity. ISGs are self-contained, decide their own work programme and approve their own specifications. They offer a quick and easy alternative to the creation of industry fora.
- Special Committee (SC) – like TCs, addressing a number of standardization activities in a specific technology area but SCs tend to handle co-ordination, the gathering of requirements and very specific support activities rather than drafting standards and specifications.
- Specialist Task Force (STF) – groups of technical experts who come together for a defined period (typically a few months) to work intensively on specific items. STFs operate under the guidance of a TC or EP.
Each of these committees may establish Working Groups, if required.
Management and oversight
The ETSI Directives lay down how the different types of committee should operate.
Our organization chart provides a graphical representation of the hierarchical structure of our committees.
Our Secretariat provides support to our members and the various committees that manage our work.