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Standard Setting Organizations
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"Official Standard Setting" organizations are internationally recognized, formal standard setting bodies, and are often referred to simply as "SDOs". Click on an SDO's name to view a description of that organization and to access links that will take you to its homepage, supported standards and (if available) its IPR policy.


3G Americas
Sought to integrate the five major wireless technologies and support their 3G migration (North America/South America) *Now 4G Americas

African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO)
Promotes standardization activities in Africa (Africa)

Promotes consumer-oriented technical expertise and advice (Europe)

Asia Cloud Computing Association
Promotes the adoption of cloud computing in Asia (Asia)

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Maintains a forum for facilitating regional economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment (Asia-Pacific)

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Cable Europe
Promotes digital TV, broadband internet and telephony collaborative services (Europe)

Car2Car Communication Consortium
Develops and promotes inter-vehicle communications standards to increase road traffic safety and efficiency (Europe)

Develops and promotes European Standards and other consensus documents (Europe)

Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS)
Develops and promotes standards among informatics professionals (Europe)

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Promotes economic growth and social progress in the EU (Europe)

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Energy Star
Develops and promotes protection of the the environment through energy efficient products and practices (U.S.)

Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA)
Promoted the North American entertainment technology industry (North America) *Merged with the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) in 2010

Develops and promotes interoperability between electronic health record systems (Europe)

Euro Asian Council for Standardization (EACS)
Develops policy in the field of standardization, metrology and certification (Europe/Asia)

European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA)
Promoted European aerospace industries (Europe) *Inactive

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Promotes and represents the European broadcasting industry (Europe)

European Committee for Banking Standards (ECBS)
Developed and promoted the European banking and credit sector *Dissolved in 2006 and transferred its functions to the European Payments Council (EPC)

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
Develops and promotes electro-technical standards for the European market (Europe)

European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS)
Develops standards for European space activities

European Data Centre Association (EUDCA)
Develops and promotes data center industry improvements (Europe)

European Electronic Messaging Association (EEMA)
Promotes electronic commerce and business communications

European Forum for Energy Business Information Exchange (ebIX)
Develops standards for the energy industry (Europe)

European Information and Communication Technology Industry Association (EICTA)
Promoted the European information and communication technology industry *Merged with the European Association of Consumer Electronics Manufacturers in 2001 to form DigitalEurope (Europe)

European Machine Vision Association (EMVA)
Promotes the development of standards for the machine vision industry (Europe)

European Photonic Industry Consortium (EPIC)
Promotes the photonic industry (Europe)

European Telecommunications Platform (ETP)
Represented the European Telecommunications industry in the European regulatory framework (Europe) *Inactive

European Union Smart Grid Coordination Group
Developed standards and architecture for implementing Mandate M/490 on smart grid standardization (Europe)

EUROREC Institute (EuroRec)
Develops and promotes the use of high-quality Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs)(Europe)

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Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Europe
Promotes the availability of fiber-based, ultra-high speed access networks to consumers and businesses (Europe)

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Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV)
Develops and promotes standards for broadcast and broadband delivery through connected TVs and set-top boxes (Europe)

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ICT Standards Board (ICTSB)
Develops standards and specifications through an ICT collaborative (Europe)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Promotes clarity of technology standards (Europe)

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Promotes the software and Internet industry in Massachusetts (U.S.)

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North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Develops and enforces reliability standards for the bulk power system in North America (North America)

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Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC)
Promotes standardization and standards preparation and conformance for Pacific Rim countries (Pacific Rim)

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT)
Promotes the development of technical standardization in its member countries (Americas)

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Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK)
Developed and promoted a European eID Interoperability Platform to allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders (Europe) *Dissolved and moved new initiatives to STORK 2.0 in 2013

Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed (STORK) 2.0
Develops and promotes a European eID Interoperability Platform that will allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders (Europe)

Develops a scalable and sustainable pan-European organizational and governance process for the semantic interoperability of clinical and biomedical knowledge (Europe)

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