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Terms of Reference for Technical Committee (TC) Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) 

Approved at Board#64 


TC ITS shall have responsibility:

  • Development and maintenance of Standards, Specifications and other deliverables to support the development and implementation of ITS Service provision across the network, for transport networks, vehicles and transport users, including interface aspects and multiple modes of transport and interoperability between systems, but not including ITS application standards, radio matters, and EMC.
  • Scope includes communication media, and associated physical layer, transport layer, network layer, security, lawful intercept and the provision of generic web services

Areas of Activity

The activities of TC ITS will be performed in close co-operation with relevant standards activities within and outside ETSI. The activities of TC ITS include the:

  • To work in close liaison with other SDOs, particularly those responsible for providing application standards, to ensure seamless access and interoperability of Standards to support ITS service provision
  • To act as a focal point for initial standardisation and awareness of standardisation requirements and expertise for European development and provision of ITS services.
  • To act as a focal point and centre of expertise and excellence within ETSI in respect of Intelligent Transport Systems and coordinate with other ETSI committees, and where appropriate to represent ETSI in respect of ITS
  • To liaise and cooperate with the European Commission and ITS trade organisations in respect of enabling ITS service provision, quality assurance and certification
  • To liaise to ETSI ERM for ERM related spectrum matters and EMC, This includes that ERM  and its TG’s remain as the focal point for spectrum related liaisons to ECC. 
  • To organize regular meetings/workshops with appropriate stakeholders.
  • To establish external relationships (and joint working groups) where and whenever needed, including co-operation with 3GPP, CEN, CENELEC, ISO, ITU etc.  Formal relationships will be established using the normal processes via the ETSI Secretariat (NIM/Partnerships).

The technical standardization work of the following bodies is explicitly excluded:

  • GSM-R and Interoperability issues under the Railway Directive being handled by TC RT,
  • Air Traffic Management and Aeronautical issues being handled by ERM-TG25,
  • Maritime issues being handled by ERM-TG26,
  • Automotive radar issues being handled by ERM-TG31B.

Organization and Working Methods

TC ITS shall work in accordance with the normal rules as given in the ETSI Directives and, in particular, the Technical Working Procedures.

TC ITS shall prepare ETSI deliverables of the type of EG, TR, TS, ES and EN.

TC ITS shall provide progress reports to the ETSI Board and OCG from time to time.

TC ITS will liaise with other ETSI TBs (particularly with TC ERM, TC MSG, TC TISPAN, TC BRAN, and TC RT) and other SDOs, including 3GPP, ITU (APSC TELEMOV), CEN and CENELEC as appropriate.

TC ITS shall operate in accordance with the MoU with ECC. In particular, it should liaise through ERM with ECC on ITS related radio matters.

Existing related work items should remain in current Technical Bodies except where it is mutually agreed to transfer the work. Updates to existing ETSI standard deliverables should be done within the appropriate Technical Bodies and be co-ordinated with TC ITS where relevant.

Where appropriate, joint working groups with other Technical Bodies may be created to develop deliverables for submission to the lead body.


Participation in TC ITS is open to all ETSI members in accordance with the Technical Working Procedures. Observers and non-members may participate at the discretion of the Chairman in line with clause 1.4 of the Technical Working Procedures.