Standards Week

Standards Activities Planned for the Symposium

By Ed Hare, EMCS Vice President for Standards, and Ross Carlton, Standards Week Chair

Planning for a great Standards Week during the Spokane Symposium is winding down and we have a program that offers many opportunities to learn about or engage in Standards activities. This year, we will be offering a wide range of meetings, presentations and tutorials related to standards. All of the Standards meetings are open to all who would like to attend. No registration fee, membership, or anything else is required to attend, only your interest in Standards. Simply register for a free Basic Badge and join us!

While at the Symposium, be on the lookout for attendees with a “Standards” ribbon on their badge. There are people already involved in Standards activities and probably a member of one of our major Committees. Be sure to strike up a conversation with one of these new or old hands at Standards and see what Standards has to offer you.

You will also find the EMC Society, EMC Standards, and others such as the ANSC C63 EMC committee staffing booths in the exhibit hall, ready to meet you, answer questions you may have, and just to talk about Standards in general. 

Now back to the program. The heart of Standards Week is probably the two standards meetings, scheduled for Monday morning, August 1, bright and early.  The Standards Development and Education Committee (SDECom) sponsors a number of standards and at each meeting, it goes over each standard under development, monitors progress and discusses what new standardization work may be needed.   The Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) establishes and maintains representatives to various non-IEEE Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) that provide the EMC Society with up-to-the-minute information on standardization work you may not hear about elsewhere.  SACCom is also a gathering place where the representatives get an opportunity to meet with each other and talk about standards with their peers in other SDOs.

You will also find various meetings and training sessions scheduled throughout the week. Working Group meetings can range from individuals doing actual work on standards to mini-tutorials on what the IEEE EMC standard contains. A Continuity Group Round Table and various topical Standards Continuity Group meetings are being held for the first time to establish a mechanism to preserve knowledge between standards development activities and provide a forum for reviewing and proposing new work. Standards Week will also offer educational activities from training on how you can participate in IEEE standardization work to presentations that explain the general content of each of important IEEE and non-IEEEE standards.

A summary of the planned Standards Week activities is provided in the following table. Additional Working Group or Continuity Group meetings may be scheduled. Please refer to the Ancillary/Collateral Meetings Schedule in the Final Program (page 130-131) or the mobile app for room assignments and WebEx information.

The project title for Working Groups planning to meet at the Symposium are noted below. Additional information on these projects can be found at the website of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) located at The Project Authorization Request (PAR) Approval link on each project page will take you to the project’s PAR, which provides the project’s purpose, leadership, and other useful information.


Standards Activities descriptions

Monday, August 1

Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) Meeting

Time: 8:00 to 9:45 am
Room: 206CD

The Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee monitors the activities of various non-IEEE standards developing organizations (SDOs) with a view toward making recommendations to the EMC Society Board of Directors on any required coordination of those activities within the Society. SACCom liaisons to various SDOs will report on activities of interest to the EMC Society and standards development. Anyone interested in the activities of non-IEEE SDOs or potential SACCom liaisons are welcome to attend.


Standards Development and Education Committee (SDECom) Meeting

Time: 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Room: 302B

The Standards Development & Education Committee is responsible for guiding the development of IEEE EMC Standards, the training of those involved in the standards making process and the education of the EMC Society community on all aspects of EMC Standards. The IEEE EMC Society is the primary international developer of fundamental test, measurement and verification standards for EMC.  Anyone interested in standards development is welcome to attend.


IEEE Standards Process Training

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Room: 303A

This Standards Development Process training session is offered by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) to familiarize attendees with the process of developing standards in the IEEE and tools available for developers. Anyone interested in the standards development is welcome to attend.


Standards Continuity Round Table

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Room: 302B

The Standards Continuity round table meeting is planned as a round-table discussion among experienced standards developers and subject matter experts on the topic of maintaining continuity between periodic maintenance activities through establishing Continuity Groups. The goal is to establish the scope and responsibilities of these groups. The intention is to establish Continuity Groups for Risk Management, Shielding, Probes and Calibration, Simulation and Modeling, as well as other areas of importance. Anyone interested in taking part in defining the concept of Continuity Groups is welcome to attend.


Working Group Chair Training Session

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Room: 302A

This training session is offered by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) to familiarize Working Group Chairs with the process, rules, and tools for managing the development of IEEE standards. Anyone interested in the standards development is welcome to attend.


Tuesday, August 2

IEEE EMC Standards Scope & Status Explained

Time: 10:20 am to 12:00 pm
Room: 302B

This tutorial session will update attendees on the status of IEEE EMC standards. The IEEE EMC Society publishes or is creating over 20 EMC standards. In this presentation, Ed Hare, the EMC-S VP for Standards gives a brief overview of each of the Society’s EMC standards. Attendees are welcome to ask questions regarding the standards discussed or on any other standardization topic of interest.


International Standards Development Organizations and Standards Explained

Time: 1:55 to 5:20 pm
Room: 302A

The process for the development of global standards will be discussed to include the International Electrical Commission (IEC), CISPR, and ANSI standards making organizations. Standards to be discussed in more detail will include IEC 61326-1, CISPR I, CISPR 32, CISPR 35, ANSI C63, and CISPR A/H. An opportunity to ask questions of the panel will be provided to allow for discussion of the standards making process, the standards presented in the program or other standards not presented. The planned topics and speakers are shown below.


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