International Standards Committee Approves Updates to the Regulations Governing SEMI Standards Committees
Kenichiro Okuda, Manager, Japan Standards
In early March, the International Standards Committee (ISC), the governing body for the SEMI International Standards program, approved changes to the Regulations Governing SEMI Standards Committees (hereafter, the Regulations). These changes are not as extensive as the changes published in the July 2009 revision, but are as important as they recognize the increased globalization of the SEMI Standards Program. Three of the more significant changes are as follows.
ISC voting membership from a locale without an RSC
In recent years, the SEMI Standards Program has become increasingly globalized, with growing participation in Standards development in areas outside of Europe, Japan, and North America. However, the Regulations previously did not define a clear path for these new locales to earn ISC voting membership. Locales without an RSC (Regional Standards Committee) are now eligible for voting membership on the ISC as follows:
- If a locale without an RSC has up to three local technical committees, the chairs of the local technical committees may recommend a candidate from among themselves to become an ISC member (nonvoting). The ISC chair may appoint the candidate as a member of the ISC. (¶188.8.131.52.1)
- If a locale without an RSC has more than three local technical committees, the chairs of the local technical committees may elect an ISC member (voting) from among themselves. (¶184.108.40.206.2)
Although the Standards New Activity Report Form (“SNARF”) has been widely used for many years, it had previously not been defined in the Regulations. The ISC’s Regulations Subcommittee recognized that the SNARF is an essential form to initiate Standards development activity, and have updated the Regulations accordingly. The Regulations now state that the “the proposal to initiate development activity shall be submitted in a SNARF (¶220.127.116.11.1)”, and describe which document development activities require a SNARF (e.g. New Standard or Safety Guideline, Revision of Standard or Safety Guideline, etc.).
A “Preliminary Standard” is a standard that is required urgently by the industry and therefore cannot wait the usual time necessary for letter ballot procedures prior to publication. This state of Standard is approved for publication by a single regional part of a Technical Committee. The Preliminary state was introduced into the Regulations years ago as a replacement for Provisional Standards, and multiple Preliminary Standards have since been published by the Silicon Wafer Committee. Since Preliminary Standards have a lifespan of just two years, the Regulations Subcommittee recognized that additional requirements should be defined for when a Preliminary Standard is replaced or superseded. The Regulations now clarify that a Preliminary Standard may only be superseded or replaced by a full-consensus Standard, and clarify requirements and deadlines for extension of Preliminary Standards.
For More Information
The most recent version of the Regulations Governing SEMI Standards Committees is available here. If you have any questions about these changes or any other aspect of the SEMI Standards Program, please feel free to contact your local SEMI Standards Staff.