Information and Communications Technologies Standards Board (ICTSB)

.. to coordinate the standardization activities in the field of Information and Communications Technologies

The ICT Standards Board (ICTSB) is an initiative from the three recognized European standards organizations link to CEN opens a new window, link to CENELEC opens a new window, & link to ETSI opens a new window with the participation of specification providers as partners to co-ordinate specification activities in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), under three vital objectives. The Terms of Reference (ToR) have been revised in July 2001.
The ICTSB listens to requirements for standards and specifications that are based on concrete market needs and expressed by any competent source. The Board then considers what standards or specifications need to be created, and how the task will be carried out.

- Welcome on ICT Standards Board -

ICTSB is dealing with Design for All and Assistive Technologies (DATSCG), Intelligent Transport Systems(ITSSG), SmartHouse Standards (SHSSG), and Network & Information Security (NISSG). It has completed its co-ordination work on Electronic Signature (EESSI) and has contributed to the discussion on ICT standardization (ICTSFG).

The ICTSB has started to collect information on "eHealth and standardization" in support of European policies for an improved interoperability across Europe and beyond which involves numerous standards organizations.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ie being dealt with by a number of standardization organizations. The ICTSB is collecting information for the purpose of a harmonized standardization approach.

European research activities are organized by the European Commission. They are structured around consecutive five-year programmes, or so-called Framework Programmes. The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) sets out the priorities - including the Information Society Technologies opens a new window (IST) priority - for the period 2002-2006. The ICTSB maintains a dialogue with the Commission and links standardization with research activities for mutual benefits: State of the Art in standardization and increased market relevance of standardized solutions based on research projects.

Five ICTSB partners (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, The Open Group and W3C) have combined to launch a support action under FP6 to optimize the interface between standards and research. details of this project - the Cooperation Platform for Research and Standards (COPRAS) - are found at opens a new window.
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