The IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO) was established in January 1999 as a federation of member alliance programs with the aim of supporting accelerated technology standards development and market adoption for industry. A global, 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation, ISTO offers a membership infrastructure and legal umbrella under which member alliances and trade groups can stand themselves up as legal operating entities.

ISTO provides the ongoing support and management support that traditional association and trade management companies offer, but only through ISTO Federation membership can your organization stand itself up as a legal operating entity with your not for profit obligations such as insurance and tax filing handled for you by ISTO.


ISTO mentors communities developing, certifying, and promoting their technology standards, best practices, guidelines, open source, and implementation activities.

Core Principles

ISTO, founded by IEEE, is a not-for-profit organization committed to facilitating its members’ missions based on the following Core Principles:

  • Members of ISTO are independent consortia, alliances,  projects, and interest groups that are empowered to approve their own activities, technology, procedures, and brand identity;
  • We value openness and transparency. Quality collaboration requires broad, equitable participation;
  • We value our staff and members.  Diversity and respect for different points of view create stronger, more sustainable communities; and
  • Delivering best in class support requires engaged staff that are professional, accountable, and trustworthy strategic partners.

Once your work begins, our work begins…

When you are ready to get down to business, let ISTO help. With skilled resources supporting 50+ industry alliances over the years, ISTO offers winning strategies and best in operations support. Couple this with our synergistic relationship with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization, and you will see that ISTO is the only partner that affords your organization the platform, expertise and opportunities to achieve your goals…quickly, successfully and cost effectively.

ISTO is governed by its Board of Directors, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and Antitrust Guidelines (pdf, 21 KB).

For more information on joining the ISTO Federation, contact us today.

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