Standards Development Process

SAE Technical Reports play a key role in market access, safety, reducing costs, increasing productivity, improving market position and advancing new technologies. Participation in the standards development process provides the opportunity to voice your ideas, express concerns and present technologies.

SAE Technical Reports are developed by the organization's more than 700 Technical Committees. Participation is open to all interested parties.

Identifying a Need: New technical reports begin when a need is identified by producers, purchasers or anyone in industry. A proposal to create a new technical report requires concurrence from the respective committee. All projects must be in compliance with SAE Intellectual Property Policy.

Types of Technical Reports:

  • SAE Standards: These Technical Reports are a documentation of broadly accepted engineering practices or specifications for a material, product, process, procedure or test method.
  • SAE Recommended Practices: These Technical Reports are documentations of practice, procedures and technology that are intended as guides to standard engineering practice. Their content may be of a more general nature, or they may propound data that have not yet gained broad acceptance.
  • SAE Information Reports: These Technical Reports are compilations of engineering reference data or educational material useful to the technical community.
  • SAE Aerospace Material Specifications: These Technical Reports identify material and process specifications conforming to sound, established engineering and metallurgical practices in aerospace sciences and practices.

Technical Committees: The Technical Committees are responsible for the preparation, development and maintenance of all relevant technical reports within their scope. Technical Committees consist of technical experts from government, industry, regulatory agencies and academia.

Membership: Members are to contribute to the work of the Technical Committee, vote on all technical report ballots and maintain active participation on the respective Technical Committee. Technical Committee members must be knowledgeable in the field(s) outlined by the Committee's scope.

Technical Report Sponsor: The sponsor will serve as the focal point within the committee for activities associated with the development of a technical report. This includes preparation of all drafts and resolution of all comments received during the ballot process.

Technical Report Approval Process:

  1. The document sponsor will submit a draft to SAE for balloting in accordance with the official SAE consensus ballot process.
  2. Committee members will vote and provide comments on the draft.
  3. Sponsor will attempt to resolve all comments.
  4. The technical report will then be balloted to the governing body of the initiating committee for a process level review.
  5. Once approved by the governing body, SAE will publish the technical reports.


How to Get Involved:
Your participation would be a welcome addition to the SAE Technical Standards Development Program and your organization/company may benefit from a closer relationship with the SAE standards development process. Participation on an SAE committee may also provide you contact with peers/mentors and opportunities for personal growth. The SAE standards consensus process needs active participation from all industry groups. If you are a professional in the mobility industry, we welcome your participation within the SAE Technical Committee structure.