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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.


4Ever Project
Promotes and engages in research regarding enhanced television viewing experience through HEVC and Ultra High Definition TV (France)

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Promotes policies, strategies and standards relating to aerospace and defense industries (U.S.)

Develops and promotes standardization, certification, industry press, and training (France)

Alliance for Sustainable Air Transportation (ASAT)
Developed and promoted standards for a next generation U.S. air traffic control system (U.S.) *Inactive

American Council for Technology (ACT) - Industry Advisory Council (IAC)
Promotes information resources management products and services to the government (U.S.)

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Maintains, supports, and oversees the U.S. voluntary standards infrastructure and is the U.S. representative to the ISO (U.S.)

American Petroleum Institute (API)
Promotes and represents the oil and natural gas industry (U.S.)

American Public Power Association (APPA)
Promotes the interests of community-owned electric utilities and their users (U.S.)

Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB)
Develops and promotes standardization of new radio systems (Japan)

Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF)
Developed and promoted technical and operating arrangements in the Australian communications industry (Australia) *Merged with Service Providers Association, Inc. to form Communications Alliance LTD

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Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN)
Promotes biomedical research through data sharing and online collaboration (U.S.)

Biometric Consortium
Promotes research and development of biometric-based personal identification/verification technology (U.S.)

British Interactive Multimedia Association (BIMA)
Promotes and represents the UK interactive and digital media industry (United Kingdom)

BuildingSMART Alliance
Develops and promotes support programs for digital technology in the property industry

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Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
Develops standards and certifies products (Canada)

Capital Markets and Technology Association
Creates common standards using distributed ledgers for trading securities in Switzerland

Care Connectivity Consortium
Develops a single stream of electronic health records (U.S.)

China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
Develops and maintains standardization activities in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) (China)

China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI)
Develops scientific research to support standardization in the field of electronics and the IT industry (China)

Colombia Inteligente Initiative
Promotes effective strategies for the implementation of smart grid technology (Columbia)

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Develops and maintains the Common Core standards for mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA)

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
Develops methods of streamlining data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors

Communications Alliance LTD
Promotes converging networks, technologies and services (Australia)

Compliance Consortium Corporation
Maintains a program to assist organizations and governmental agencies with their federally mandated anti-drug and alcohol misuse programs (U.S.)

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Promotes the consumer electronics industry (U.S.)

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Debit Network Alliance (DNA)
Develops a common debit chip solution for debit payments (U.S.)

Department of Defense Single Stock Point (DODSSP)
Maintained all U.S. Military Specifications, Standards and related documents (U.S.) *DODSSP functions were assumed by Defense Automated Printing Service (DAPS) in 1990, and then renamed Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Document Services in 2010

Digital Production Partnership (DPP)
Promotes the transition to fully digital production and distribution in television (U.K.)

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e-CENTRE (now GS1 UK)
Promoted business data standards to facilitate e-commerce (United Kingdom) *Now GS1 UK

Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan (ECOM)
Developed and maintained standards for electronic commerce for use in B2B and B2C arenas (Japan) *Dissolved in 2010

Electronic Health Records Association (EHR)
Promotes improvement of the quality of patient care and the health care system (U.S.)

Electronic Industries Alliances (EIA)
Promoted market and standards development and competitiveness in the U.S. high-tech industry (U.S.) *Dissolved in 2010 and transferred standards maintenance to the Electric Components Association (ECA)

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German Institute for Standardization (DIN, Deutsches Institut for Normung)
Promotes German standards and represents German interests at international and European levels (Germany)

Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA)
Promoted the interests of the U.S. electronics, communications and information technology industries (U.S.) *Merged with AeA, CSIA, and ITAA in 2009 to form TechAmerica

Grid-Interop Forum
Develops and promotes the creation of a more efficient, reliable, and resilient electric system (U.S.)

Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC)
Promotes interoperability between electric system components (U.S.)

Develops and implements global data standards for the supply chain (United Kingdom)

Develops and promotes standards-based, global supply-chain solutions (U.S.)

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Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)
Develops and promotes standards for interoperability in healthcare (U.S.)

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ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC)
Develops and recommends strategies for domestic and international Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards development, implementation and promotion (Canada)

IGRS Alliance
Develops interoperability standards and product compliance (China)

InCommon Federation
Develops a framework for trustworthy shared management of access to on-line resources in support of education and research (U.S.)

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)
Promotes the development of smart grid technologies in India (India)

Information and Communications Technology Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC)
Develops and promotes strategies for domestic and international standards development, implementation, and promotion for Canadian users, industry, and government (Canada)

Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization
Develops standards to improve the nation's cybersecurity

Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA)
Promotes research and development of Intelligent Transportation Systems to improve surface transportation systems (U.S.)

Developed resources to support British businesses in e-commerce (United Kingdom) *Inactive

Internet 2
Develops Internet network applications and technologies (U.S.)

Internet Industry Association (IIA)
Promoted the Internet industry (Australia) *Now Communications Alliance Ltd

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Japan Automotive Software Platform Architecture (JasPar)
Develops and promotes a uniform, interchangeable high-speed bus architecture for the Japanese car industry (Japan)

Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA)
Develops and promotes technological innovation of industrial imaging (Japan)

Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA)
Promotes the domestic and overseas dissemination of smart community technologies (Japan)

Japanese Standards Association (JSA)
Promotes Japanese standards through education and certification programs (Japan)

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Korea Smart Grid Standardization Forum
Promotes private sector cooperation for standardization and Jeju Smart Grid test-bed consortia (S. Korea)

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Mobile 500 Alliance
Develops partnerships to accelerate the nationwide availability of a commercial mobile digital television service (U.S.)

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National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, Inc. (NCPDP)
Develops standards within the pharmacy services sector of the health care industry (U.S.)

National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP)
Develops security strategies for US information infrastructure (U.S.)

National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
Promotes 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems and develops related standards and guidance (U.S.)

National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP) Consortium
Developed standards for multi-vendor government contract fulfillment and other purposes *Inactive (U.S.)

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Develops and promotes standards to manage information in digital environments (U.S.)

National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology of Brazil (INMETRO)
Develops and maintains standards for Brazilian enterprises (Brazil)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Develops and promotes measurements, standards and technology as a non-regulatory federal agency (U.S.)

National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (NLETS)
Maintains and promotes a standardized, integrated justice and public safety network for the secure exchange of law enforcement information (U.S.)

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Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement
Promotes evidence-based performance measures in the healthcare industry (U.S.)

Develops software to ensure and promote fair, transparent, and efficient header bidding across the publishing industry

Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC)
Develops and promotes health information technology standards to empower healthcare and public health communities and improve individual and community health (U.S.)

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Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA)
Develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management system issues, and functions as a Federal Advisory Committee to the Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.)

Regional Alliance for Infrastructure and Network Security (RAINS)
Contributed to national security mobilization (U.S.) *Inactive

Russian Association for Networks and Services (RANS)
Promotes and coordinates the efforts of industry constituents in proposing technical and legal frameworks for developing ICT infrastructure and providing confidence & security in the use of ICT (Russia)

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Security Industry Association (SIA)
Develops and maintains standards for the security industry (U.S.)

Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
Promotes and oversees standardization in Canada (Canada)

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TD Industry Alliance (TDIA)
Promoted the advancement of China's mobile telecommunication industry (China) *Inactive since 2013

Promotes and advocates for the information and communications technology (ICT)industry (U.S.)

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Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC)
Developed and promoted multi-industry standards, B2B supply chain solutions, and administered the Universal Product Code (U.S.) *Merged with GS1 US

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Wireless Communications Technologies Group (WCTG)
Promotes the U.S. wireless communications industry (U.S.)

Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA)
Promotes efficiency and innovation in the use of U.S. wireless spectrum resources (U.S.)

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
Promotes the adoption of e-Commerce in the healthcare industry (U.S.)

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Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC)
Develops and promotes zero energy performance in new and existing commercial buildings (U.S.)

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