Board Working Procedures
Version adopted by Board#85, 9 November 2011
1. Board membership, attendance, tasks and duties, and basic Rules of
1.1 The Board’s membership and attendance is governed by Annex 7 to
the ETSI Rules of Procedure, with the additional provisions of Article
below. The number of members, and their mandate period, are described in the
applicable Resolution of the General Assembly.
1.2 The Board’s tasks and duties shall be those described in Article 5
of the Rules of Procedure. The specific functions it is to exercise to carry
out these tasks and duties are contained in the applicable Resolution of the
1.3 The Board’s basic rules of operation shall be those contained in
Annex 7 to the Rules of Procedure.
In order to avoid any conflict of interest, Board
members who have an interest in applying for selection as a funded STF
expert shall declare
this to the Board and subsequently exclude themselves
from all discussions related to STF funding matters, both during Board
meetings and by email and conference calls between Board meetings.
2. Board officers and functions
2.1 The Board shall elect at least one Vice-Chairman.
2.2 A secret ballot shall be held. The candidate having the highest
number of votes shall be elected.
2.3 The Board may decide upon special assignments or functions for
individual Board members where these are needed.
2.4 The ETSI Secretariat shall provide a Secretary.
3. Meeting frequency
3.1 The meeting frequency of the Board shall be adjusted to the tasks to
be carried out. The meeting schedule for the following
year shall, as far as
possible, be made available to the autumn General Assembly meeting.
4. Calls for Board meetings
4.1 The draft agenda for Board meetings shall be announced to all ETSI
members at least thirty days before the due date.
4.2 Specially convened Board meetings may be held on proposal of
the Chairman or on request of a majority of Board members.
5. Meeting location
5.1 By default, ETSI Board meetings shall be organised within the premises of ETSI in Sophia Antipolis. This is in order to ensure efficient access to all ETSI secretariat resources and information.
5.2 On invitation of ETSI Board members, ETSI Board meetings may be organised outside the ETSI premises once or twice a year, subject to Board agreement.
5.3 On invitation of ETSI (full and associate) Member(s), not represented in the ETSI Board, ETSI Board meetings may be agreed outside the ETSI premises but usually within Europe, if:
- specific agenda items require or justify an external Board meeting, or if,
- the Board will profit from an external meeting, e.g. if combined with another meeting of relevance or importance to the Board, (this might also be e.g. a Global Telecommunications Fair, any other ETSI related appropriate event, or technical visits) or if,
- ETSI, in general, will obtain a specific benefit from the external meeting, e.g. new members, new working arrangements or new working areas etc. or if,
- another ETSI visit like ETSAG, Capital City Tour, or other promotional activity cannot respond to the needs of the inviting Member(s).
5.4 All invitations to external Board meetings shall be assessed by the Board on a case-by-case basis. The (non-comprehensive) guidelines above may support these assessments.
6. Special attendance at Board meetings
6.1 Full members invited by the Chairman to attend a particular Board meeting, where they have significant commercial interests, shall be allowed to be represented during the discussion of the agenda item with which they are concerned. Representatives shall have the right to speak and to present a written contribution. They may also request the deferment of any decision which affects them.
6.2 Chairmen of TCs and Projects, and of Special Committees, may also be invited by the Chairman to attend a particular Board meeting for discussion of agenda items relating to their Committee. They shall have the right to speak and to present a written contribution but should only participate actively during the discussion of agenda items concerning their committee. During other agenda items they shall have the same rights as Observers.
Chairmen of TCs and Projects, and of Special Committees, can be requested by the Chairman of the Board to leave the meeting temporarily in the case where the Board handles confidential or personal matters.
The intention of the Chairman of the Board to invite Chairmen of TBs should be clearly stated in the draft agenda.
6.3 The Chairman may invite representatives of other standardization organizations or specification-providers to attend the Board meetings during discussion of particular agenda items affecting them. Such representatives shall have the right to speak and to present a written contribution.
6.4 ETSI members can ask for an invitation to attend Board meetings as Observers. Interested members should make their request to the Chairman three weeks before the Board meeting is scheduled.
The number of Observers invited to Board meetings will normally be limited to five. Depending on the Board meeting location, the Chairman of the Board may have to consider the local environment when determining the number of Observers invited. ETSI Members already represented through a Board Member are not expected to send Observers to Board meetings. The request to attend Board meetings is honoured on a first-come, first-served basis. Observers which have attended a Board meeting will receive a lower priority when considering the requests for observing subsequent Board meetings. Observers do not normally actively participate in Board meetings. Observers shall not make ongoing Board discussions public.
The names of the Observers shall be indicated to the Board in advance of the meeting.
6.5 Observers can be requested by the Chairman of the Board to leave the meeting temporarily in the case where the Board handles confidential or personal matters.
7.1 The minutes of Board meetings shall be non-verbatim and of a summary nature, although all matters discussed by the Board shall clearly be recorded, as should the resulting background to decisions taken. The views of individuals shall be recorded where they so request, for instance if they wish to record formal disagreement with a Board decision.
8. Board documentation
8.1 Documents for Board meetings shall be numbered as per clause 1.5.3 of the Technical Working Procedures, e.g. BXX(03)xx.
8.2 The "Cut-off date" for Decision documents will normally be at 7 days prior to the meeting. The submission date of the document will be indicated in the top right hand corner. If the submission date is after the "cut-off" date then a cross will be put in the "late submission" box. Revised documents will show their new submission date but will not be marked as "Late submission".
"Late submission" does not prevent the Board from taking a decision based on the document but such a decision may be deferred at the request of any Board member who feels that he/she has not had sufficient time to consider the issue. Deferral can mean either "Decision to be taken by correspondence" or held-over until next Board meeting, depending upon the issue.
8.3 Board documents shall be classified as being for DECISION, DISCUSSION or INFORMATION. The Board may, of course, take decisions based on a Discussion/Information document provided that there are no objections. Documents provided for INFORMATION will only be presented during the meeting when necessary to support a Decision/Discussion document, otherwise they will simply be noted afterwards in the minutes of the meeting as "Document XXX was provided for information".
8.4 Paper copies of documents shall no longer be provided on a routine basis.
9. Quorum and voting at Board meetings
9.1 The Board shall have a quorum if more than half of the number of elected Board members are present or are directly and permanently connected via electronic means.
9.2 If the meeting lacks quorum, the meeting can proceed, but no decision in the name of the Board can be taken.
9.3 The Chairman may decides whether a vote is necessary. He shall, when in doubt, or where there is lack of consensus, and using his best judgement, decide if the matter should better be deferred to a later Board meeting or to the next General Assembly meeting.
9.4 When voting, each elected Board member shall have one vote. A vote within the Board will be confidential if one or more Board members request it.
9.5 The default rule for majority should be 50% of the votes cast, but the Board may itself decide to vary this in individual cases, considering that contentious decisions always can be overruled by the General Assembly.
10. Voting by correspondence
10.1 Voting by correspondence may be performed between meetings if necessary. The "voting" period will normally be 21 full calendar days. Voting will be performed using the web-based DECISION Support tool. In the case of a lack of Quorum (less than 50% of the Board Members reply) or a negative result then the issue will automatically be deferred to the next Board meeting.
10.2 For each vote by correspondence, the Board Secretary will dispatch an email announcing the vote. Any relevant documents will be attached to the email and placed on the Server area for the following Board Meeting in a sub-folder called "email decisions".
10.3 The result of the vote will be announced by email immediately after the closure of the 21 day period, the decision will be numbered as a decision of the next Board meeting, and will be brought to the attention of that meeting in a "matters arising" document.
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