Roles of the NACE Standards Board and the NACE Standards Committees
The newly created NACE Standards Board is a distinct body from the NACE Standards Committees. While the Standards Committees report directly to the Standards Board, each body has its own unique operating manual, and its own set of responsibilities.
Let’s examine the differences, and why they are important.
NACE STANDARDS BOARD
The primary responsibility of the NACE Standards Board is to set strategic direction and provide oversight to our standards program. This includes targeting key strategic partnerships with other standards developing organizations, associations, governments, regulatory bodies, etc. The Standards Board is also responsible for the overall health and performance of the NACE standards program.
Therefore, they have oversight for all processes and procedures through the operating manual of the standards committees.They appoint and approve standards committee officers. They are responsible for development of the training and tools that will be used by the standards committees. They act as the hearing body for any appeals and have the responsibility for final approval of all standards developed by the standards committees.
The Standards Board is currently made up of 10 members (these members were introduced to you in an earlier communication). Four of these members are from outside the U.S. and provide the solid international representation that needs to be present in our standards program.
The Standards Board chair has a voting seat on the NACE International Board of Directors, further illustrating the importance of the NACE standards program to the overall health of our Association. This seat on the NACE board also allows for immediate transfer of information and desired strategic direction from the NACE board directly to the Standards Board.
The primary responsibility of the standards committees is to develop and approve standards, and any technical reports, which require consensus balloting. This includes the timely review and reaffirmation/revision of these standards and reports.
Initially, there will be 21 standards committees, aligned along industry and technology lines. Each standards committee will have a chair, a vice chair, and if desired, a secretary.
Standards committee officers have the authority to approve proposed new standards within their assigned scope. This will allow them to act quickly on opportunities and eliminate the lengthy approval process currently in place.
As we make the transition to the new standards committees, every current member of a TG, TEG or STG will have the opportunity to “opt-in” to the new system in the standards committee of their choice. Once the initial transition of members has taken place, it will require SC officer approval to join a standards committee as a voting member.
Standards committee members will fall into two classifications: “voting” and “observer.” Voting members have very specific duties within their SC, including active involvement in writing standards, and requirements for voting on every standard their SC develops. Not fulfilling these responsibilities may result in loss of voting member status.
ROLE OF THE TECHNICAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE (TCC)
Even though standards development is now the responsibility of the Standards Board and Standards Committees, TCC has jurisdiction over all Technology Exchange Groups (TEG’s) and 27 STG’s to administer. These committees sponsor Technical Information Exchanges (TIE’s), Technical Symposia (in cooperation with the ACPC), technical forums, Technical Activities awards and recognition programs, newsletters, etc.