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    Technology Commitee

    Anyone interested in the standards process is welcome to join the SMPTE Standards Community. SMPTE Technology Committees are open to professionals interested in, or affected by, SMPTE Standards.

    Just add Standards Participation to your cart in the SMPTE Store, and get involved! (details below)

    Participation Fees and Pricing Details

    All committee members, except for some SMPTE members who are exempted, pay an annual fee that offsets a small part of the cost of the program. Rules for exemption are published at Participation Fees and Exemptions. 

    SMPTE Members can participate in Technology Committees for $500/year additional charge. The charge will be pro-rated to match the expiration date of your SMPTE Membership. Just log in to your account, then purchase Standards Participation in the SMPTE Store.

    • Note: Associate and Student members must upgrade to a Professional or Professional - Executive membership prior to joining the Standards Community.

    Non-members are charged a Technology Committee participation fee of $775 US per year. This permits Participating or Observer membership of any due process committee(s).

    The Standards Supplement

    Effective October 5, 2018, a Standards Supplement, currently $500/year, will be charged to members who wish to monitor or participate in standards activities—all those who are members of the “Standards Community”.  This is implemented by the purchase of a Standards Participation Subscription available from the Member's "My Account" page https://members.smpte.org/user .  This subscription will be prorated so as to renew at the same time as your Society Membership. 

    Non Members who wish to participate may also purchase a Standards Participation Subscription at a higher rate, currently $775/year.  Please contact membership@smpte.org for details.


    Not all members will be charged the Standards Supplement.  The following exemptions will apply:

    • Diamond Corporate Member companies:  these companies are our biggest supporters, and all employees of these companies who are SMPTE Members will be exempt from the supplement (access provided on request).
    • Other Corporate Members:  we appreciate the support of Sustaining Members at all levels, and all Designated Complimentary Members of Corporate Member companies will be exempt (number varies with membership level).
    • Companies who host meetings: one of the principal reasons for the low cost of SMPTE standards activities is the generosity of our meeting hosts.  We will not charge the standards participation supplement to any employee of a company that hosted at least four days of SMPTE engineering meetings during the previous year.
    • Life Members, Life Fellows, and Honorary Members: this exemption recognizes the long and/or exceptional service of these members to the Society, and the value of this experience to the standards process.  Access will be provided on request.
    • Those not generating income related to standards activities:  educators, retirees, anyone able to certify that they do not receive related to their participation in standards committees will be exempt.  In other words, if you participate as a self-supported volunteer, you do NOT have to pay the supplement.  Please note that if you are employed in the industry, and your standards activity is related to your employer's business, you are expected to pay the fee (although we hope your employer will reimburse).  If you believe you should be exempt for this reason, please contact the Director of Standards Development
    • Any member not exempted above who can show that payment of the standards participation supplement would create hardship may apply to the Director of Engineering for exemption, which may be granted subject to the approval of the Executive Director.  Again, please contact the Director of Standards Development.