TC/SC Guidance by role

TC/SC Area

Guidance by role



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The role of the Chair

Roles and responsibilities

The chair of a committee shall act in a purely international capacity, divesting him- or herself of a national position; thus he or she cannot serve concurrently as the delegate of a national body in his or her own committee


The Chair of a committee shall

  • be responsible for the overall management of the committee, including SCs and WG/PT/MTs,(where applicable)
  • advise the Standardization Management Board (SMB) on important matters relating to the committee
  • guide the secretary of the committee in carrying out their duty
  • conduct meetings with a view to reaching consensus
  • do all possible efforts to speed up the standards development process
  • attend relevant meetings of coordination bodies such as coordination groups between TCs, advisory groups, TC special advisory (or management) groups, etc
  • monitor the status of all projects in their committee
  • promote IEC interests
  • consult the secretary of the committee in the decision making process
  • ensure that the ISO/IEC Directives and relevant SMB decisions are adhered to throughout the preparation of standards
  • Among the documents, there are a number of occasions where an action or decision is required from the Chair


    They are submitted to the chair and secretary prior to their circulation so that comments can be added and recommendations given relating to such subjects as committee resource allocation, market relevance and possible overlap with existing work.

    CC and RVC

    On receipt of comments or the result of voting, the chair (in cooperation with the secretariat and the project leader) will take a decision on the future course of action of the project. This decision will be stated in the document.