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Terms of Reference (ToR) for Technical Committee Smart Body Area Network  (SmartBAN)

Approved at ETSI Board#92 

1. Responsibility

TC SmartBAN is a vertical technical committee and shall have primarily responsibilities for development and maintenance of ETSI Standards, Specifications, Reports, Guides and other deliverables to support the development and implementation of Smart Body Area Network technologies (Wireless BAN, Personal BAN, Personal Networks etc.) in health, wellness, leisure, sport and other relevant domains.

TC SmartBAN's scope includes communication media, and associated physical layer, network layer, security, QoS and lawful intercept, and also provision of generic applications and services (e.g. web) for standardisation in the area of Body Network Area technologies.

TC SmartBAN will continue activities started by EP eHEALTH to serve as horizontal’ nucleus for the co-ordination of ETSI's activities in the Health ICT domain (eHEALTH, mHEALTH, pHEALTH etc.) and to co-ordinate ETSI positions on Health ICT related issues including telemedicine and represent ETSI externally.

TC SmartBAN scope will not include radio matters (HENs for market access) and EMC.

2. Areas of activity

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

  • standardisation activities in all relevant areas to and preparation of ETSI deliverables for the wireless Body Area Network for personal welfare;
  • close liaison with ETSI TC ERM, TC M2M, 3GPP and other relevant ETSI TBs;
  • co-ordination of Health ICT related requirements in order to produce a consistent set of ETSI deliverables and to undertake measures to efficiently continue and stimulate further Health ICT related work within ETSI;
  • provision of mechanisms for the effective liaison between ETSI TBs and with relevant external organisations such as SDOs, professionals from the areas of BAN applications, end-user representatives, local, national and regional Government Authorities, the European Commission, EU projects and Emergency Authorities/Organisations;
  • organisation of regular meetings/workshops with appropriate wireless Body Area Network for personal welfare stakeholders.
  • establishment of external relationships (and joint working groups) where and when ever needed, including co-operation with CONTINUA Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, CEN, CENELEC, ISO, HL7, IHE etc. Formal relationships will be established using the normal processes via the ETSI Secretariat (Partnerships). 

3. Organisation and working methods

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

Existing related work and subsequent updates should remain in the current Technical Bodies (i.e. such as ERM (e.g. TG30 - Wireless Medical Devices), 3GPP, M2M, SCP, EMTEL, OCG Security, HF, etc.) and be co-ordinated with TC Smart BAN where relevant. New standards should only be prepared within TC SmartBAN where no appropriate ETSI Technical Body exists.

Existing related work items should remain in current Technical Bodies. Updates to existing ETSI standard deliverables should be done within the appropriate Technical Bodies and be co-ordinated with TC SmartBAN where relevant. New standards should only be prepared within TC SmartBAN where no appropriate ETSI Technical Body exists.

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

It is expected that TC SmartBAN members attending international standardisation meetings and fora as delegates will handle any necessary informal liaison with those group.