Participating effectively

As a member of ETSI, you have special privileges. We recommend the following to help you make the most of your involvement:

  • Check out your rights and benefits – and take full advantage of them!
  • Attend meetings and ETSI events, create partnerships and develop contacts. Participating in standards-making can be expensive, so reduce your costs by using our teleconference and web-conference facilities and monitoring our committee email lists.
  • Be ambitious – consider taking a leadership position to get the most from your efforts.
  • Be sure to disseminate any relevant standardization information within your company – don’t let it remain the property of a single person. This includes sharing the DVDs containing the full library of our standards and reports, which is made available to every ETSI member.
  • Ensure that your delegate has an adequate technical grasp. Our working language is English. So make sure that he or she can communicate effectively in the English language. Delegates need to be able to defend their proposals and contributions and earn the respect of their colleagues in the committee. Diplomatic skills are also useful!
  • Explore possible sources of funding within your country that may be available to support your standards-making activities.
  • Our members – and their bright ideas – are protected by a fair and effective Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy which is co-ordinated with those of many other standards organizations. Review our IPR rules and make sure that you consult the ETSI IPR database before implementing a standard.
  • Finally, be open-minded – your co-workers in the committees are potential customers, competitors or partners!

Joining in the standards-making process

We have produced a series of guides to help our members understand the different roles and responsibilities of the various players involved in our standards-making.

We also provide editHelp!, a dedicated service with practical aids for those drafting ETSI standards.