ETSI deliverable types
ETSI has a suite of specifications, standards and reports that fulfil the various needs of the market. These are referred to as 'deliverables'. It is the ETSI members who determine the standards work programme according to their needs.
The objective of an ETSI deliverable is to define a clear framework within which to work in order to facilitate international trade and communication.
What kind of documents does ETSI produce and why?
- European Standard (EN)
Used when the document is intended to meet needs specific to Europe and requires transposition into national standards, or when the drafting of the document is required under an EC/EFTA mandate.
- ETSI Standard (ES)
Used when the document contains normative requirements and it is necessary to submit the document to the whole ETSI membership for approval.
- ETSI Guide (EG)
Used when the document contains guidance on handling of technical standardization activities, it is submitted to the whole ETSI membership for approval.
- Special Report (SR)
Used for various purposes, including giving public availability to information not produced within a technical committee. ETSI SRs are also used for 'virtual' documents, e.g. documents that are dynamically generated by a query to a database via the web. An SR is published by the technical committee in which it was produced.
- ETSI Technical Specification (TS)
Used when the document contains normative requirements and when short time-to-market, validation and maintenance are essential, it is approved by the technical committee that drafted it.
- ETSI Technical Report (TR)
Used when the document contains mainly informative elements, it is approved by the technical committee that drafted it.
- ETSI Group Specification (GS)
Used by Industry Specification Groups according to the decision making procedures defined in the group's Terms of Reference. This deliverable type is approved and adopted by the Industry Specification Group that drafted it.