AES Standards development – Project proposals

This document outlines the procedure for initiating new projects in the AES Standards Committee for the assistance of AESSC officers.

There are two parts to initiating projects in AESSC.

Project Request

Anyone can request that a subject be considered for standardisation. This could include members of the public as well as members of existing AESSC groups. In practise, most projects are proposed by Working Groups.

Project requests may be entered using this on-line form, or by sending the equivalent information to the AES Standards secretariat. In either case, the proposal will need to be justified with reference to the project criteria, below.

Project Initiation

The responsibility for project approval and initiation belongs to the AESSC Subcommittees, to whom the various Working Groups report. The secretariat may contact you to clarify details of the proposal. The Subcommittee will need to confirm that the proposal and intended outcome are appropriate and sufficient to support an AESSC project. The completed proposal will be held on file, and may be revised by the Subcommittee.

A more detailed procedure in the form of a flowchart is available here as a PDF file.

Project Criteria

There are many possible criteria for a successful project, however most of them can be summarised quite simply in a series of pertinent questions.

  • Why is this project necessary or useful?
  • What will the output be?
  • Who benefits?
  • What other standards does this work relate to?
  • What liaisons should be involved?
  • What alternative standards body might handle this work?
  • What’s the AES advantage?


A fuller exploration of these questions is available here as a PDF file.

Other references

The following links provide guidance on how a successful project proposal will be developed to produce a published AES standards document.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact the AES Standards secretariat.


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