Develop Standards

Learn about the Standards Development Lifecycle, how to participate in standards development, search for working groups and standards in development and much more!

The Standards Development Lifecycle

IEEE Standards are developed using a time-tested, effective and trusted process that is easily explained in a six stage lifecycle diagram.

  • Overview
    What are standards?
  • Policies
    What are our guidelines?
  • Governance
    Who oversees the process?
  • Process
    How are standards made?
  • Initiating the Project
  • Mobilize the Working Group
  • Drafting the Standard
  • Balloting the Standard
  • Gaining Final Approval
  • Maintaining the Standard
Click on an arrow for articles about each stage of development.

Find Working Groups and Standards in Development

It's easy to find a working group or standard in development. Simply search by keyword or browse by topic below.


  • Aerospace Electronics
  • Antennas & Propagation
  • Batteries
  • Communications
  • Computer Technology
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Green & Clean Technology
  • Healthcare IT
  • Industry Applications
  • Instrumentation & Measurement
  • Nanotechnology
  • National Electrical Safety Code
  • Nuclear Power
  • Power & Energy
  • Power Electronics
  • Smart Grid
  • Software & Systems Engineering
  • Transporation
  • Wired & Wireless

Participation is Easy

Anyone can participate in standards development. IEEE-SA Members can lead groups and ballot on standards. Learn more about how to get involved, or select an option below to get started:

  • Find an Active Project Pick from 100's of individual and corporate standards in development.
  • Find a Working Group Search by name, or link to a group from a Project Page.
  • Contact a staff Liaison Voice your interest with a single click.
Development Service & Support

Services to support the entire standards development and implementation process.

  • Professional Services
  • Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO)
  • Industry Connections
Development Resources

Already involved in standards development? Below are useful links to manage your projects.

  • Access our eTools
    A collection of online tools and resources for standards developers including myProject, IMAT and Mentor
  • IEEE Standards L50S Financial Report
    Used by Sponsors to report any financial activity
Standards Governance

Boards, committees, policies and procedures required to carry on the work of the IEEE-SA and promotes its purposes.

  • Policies & Procedures
  • Boards & Committees
Standards Awards

Recognizing outstanding IEEE standards development participation.

Corporate Program

Join other industry leaders to develop industry-relevant standards.

Global Partnerships

Supporting collaboration, development and adoption of standards across the globe.

Arc Flash Research Project

Initiative to support research and testing to increase the industry and public awareness of arc flash.


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