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Powers and functions delegated to the Board 

Version adopted by the Ordinary Meeting#78 of the ETSI General Assembly (1st December 2021)

1          Communicating quickly relevant information, including all Board decisions, to all members.

2          Providing progress reports to the General Assembly.

3          In cases where members have intervened in routine applications for membership circulated by correspondence, considering such applications and advising the General Assembly as to the category of membership and the Class of Contribution.

4          Advising the General Assembly on broad standardization policies and keeping under review the responsiveness, efficiency, timeliness and quality of the prevailing standardization arrangements.

5          Considering the framework of agreements with bodies external to ETSI and advising the Director‑General on requirements for such agreements.

6          Considering requirements for ETSI Partnership Projects and making proposals to the General Assembly.

7          Deciding upon the commissioning of work by ETSI Partnership Projects from the Technical Committees, provided the content of the work is in full conformance with decisions previously taken by the General Assembly.

8          Dealing with problems relating to the starting date and duration of a Standstill, or any other matter concerned with Standstill arising from Article 13.3 of the Rules of Procedure.

9          Taking decisions relating to the intermediate stages in the preparation of draft standards, referred to it by bodies within the Technical Organization concerning matters which they have been unable to resolve.

10        Using its best endeavours to resolve disputes arising from the application of the Rules of Procedure and appeals from members on procedural matters.

11        Using its best endeavours to resolve disputes arising at the level of the Technical Organization and decide on other matters referred to it by bodies within the Technical Organization.

12        Where appropriate, using its best endeavours to decide on complaints made by non-members concerning ETSI deliverables.

13        Taking decisions on and regularly reviewing the ETSI Work Programme, the priorities within it by considering user relevance as one of the key parameters, commissioning appropriate advice from other parts of the ETSI organization.

14        Taking decisions within the financial framework adopted by the General Assembly concerning the Funded Work Programme, including the creation and ETSI funding of STFs, in both cases noting the total resources required and approving the timetable.

15        Advising the General Assembly on the financial and other resource implications resulting from the approval of, or changes to, the ETSI Work Programme.

16        Taking due account of the implications for the work of the Institute, providing authorization to move non-committed funds between budget lines within the approved budget, and non-committed funds between i) Technical Committees, ETSI Projects, Industry Specification Groups, Coordination Groups, Special Committees and, where relevant, ii) ETSI Partnership Projects, STFs, TTFs, Secretariat and pre-standardization activities.

17        Depending upon the other delegated functions, deciding on the resource framework within which the Technical Organization operates.

18        Overseeing the ETSI organization and ensuring that it operates effectively and making proposals for changes.

19        Considering the recommendations for new standardization areas, projects and regulatory requirements which could appear in the ETSI organization (Technical Bodies, Secretariat, other ETSI groups).

20        Taking decisions on the creation or cessation of Technical Committees and ETSI Projects, approving their Terms of Reference and reviewing their progress and work programmes.

21        On proposal of the body concerned, appointing the Chairs of the Technical Committees and ETSI Projects.

22        Proposing to the General Assembly the creation and ETSI funding of STFs for defined tasks and limited periods, which fall outside of the adopted financial framework.

23        Setting up Special Committees as required in accordance with Article 7 of the Rules of Procedure.

24        Taking decisions on the approval, maintenance and application of the Technical Working Procedures.

25        Advising the Director-General concerning decisions on the creation, progress and cessation of ISGs. The Board may (by majority decision) advise the Director-General that a specific ISG creation or cessation proposal needs additional discussion involving the whole ETSI membership, and that the decision should be deferred to the General Assembly.

26        Preparing an annual ETSI Strategy for approval by the General Assembly.  Overseeing the implementation of the approved ETSI Strategy with respect to topics falling within the existing Powers and Functions of the Board; or where specifically delegated by the General Assembly.

27        Overseeing the implementation of annual and multi-annual projects and ensuring their compliance with user needs, in particular those required to support the Technical Organization and ETSI's standardization activities, or others as delegated by the General Assembly.

28        Preparing Budget Guidelines annually for approval by the first General Assembly in the year, in co-operation with the Director-General and the Finance Committee.

29        Approving applications from new Partners in ETSI Partnership Projects where the applicant is a body with whom ETSI already has an established General Assembly approved Co-operation Agreement.

30        Taking decisions on the creation or termination of Coordination Groups, approving their Terms of Reference and reviewing their progress and work programme.

31        Taking decision of ETSI's participation in, or withdrawal from, Coordination Groups initiated by external bodies, approving their Terms of Reference and reviewing their progress and work programme.

32        Taking decision on the withdrawal of a published EN, HS, ES, EG, TS, TR or SR produced by a TB, which has subsequently been terminated, and for which maintenance of its deliverables has not been assigned to any other TB.

33        Reviewing and advising the Director-General on the technical testing roadmap and the priorities for TTFs.

34        Considering ways to further promote inclusiveness in ETSI with specific programmes and initiatives, and advising the General Assembly and the Director-General on ways to facilitate and maximise the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including SMEs and societal stakeholders, in the standardisation activities.