How to participate effectively?

ETSI is organized on a direct participation basis, as is also the case with almost all ICT standardization fora and consortia. This means that our members (companies or organizations) choose for themselves whether or not to participate, and also choose for themselves what contributions and proposals to make: they are not represented by a national delegation or some other body.

ETSI works by consensus where any member may voice their opinion. Large and small member companies work side by side, in partnership, to achieve the best possible standards. Some of the most important ETSI committees are chaired by experts from SMEs – technical expertise and willingness to contribute are what counts, company size is unimportant.

To make the most of your involvement, here are some practical points that you should consider:

  • Make maximum use of the rights and benefits that are brought to you by your ETSI membership, including having your case study published on the ETSI website.
  • Take advantage of all opportunities to attend meetings or ETSI events, create partnerships and develop contacts. However, we realise that participating in standards-making can be an expensive task, so reduce your costs by using ETSI teleconference and web-conference facilities and monitoring ETSI committee e-mail lists.
  • Ensure that any standardization related information is disseminated in your company and not that it remains the property of only one person – this includes sharing the 'ETSI Documentation Service' series of DVDs which contains the full library of ETSI standards and reports, and which is made available to every ETSI member.
  • ETSI's working language is English. So make sure that your delegate has an adequate technical grasp and can communicate effectively in the English language. Standards delegates need to be able to defend their proposals and contributions and earn respect of their colleagues in the committee.  Diplomatic skills are also useful
  • ETSI's 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 organisations. Review the ETSI IPR rules and make sure that you consult the ETSI IPR database before implementing a standard. 
  • Be ambitious, consider taking a leadership position to get the most from your efforts in standardization. 
  • Be open-minded: your co-workers in the committees are potential customers, competitors or partners.