A permanent royalty-free copyright license from the copyright holder
of the material for The Open Group to use and publish (not required if
The Open Group has no plans to publish the standard).
If the standard to be adopted is covered by patents, such patents
must be licensed by their owners on a royalty-free, reasonable, and
non-discriminatory basis (see the
Patent Policy for more information).
An assurance that a person developing a product in accordance with
the standard is immune from any liability to the contributor of the
material in respect of the use by him or his customers of such material,
other than through failure to properly license predisclosed patents (see
Patent Policy for more information).
The terms to be such that The Open Group will not be inhibited in
its efforts to secure acceptance by International Standards bodies.
The contributor to give The Open Group access to all future versions
of the material with no obligation on The Open Group to adopt them.
6.2.2 Market Need Criterion
Evidence that there is a market need for the standard; for example:
Requirement derived from The Open Group Product Management Strategy
6.2.3 Stability Criteria
The availability of a high quality specification upon which The Open
Group activities can be based.
The availability of a test suite which could be used as the basis
for conformance testing.
Conformant product available.
Understanding of activities in this area in other consortia and
official standards bodies.
Existing implementations respect lower-level Open Group Standards
to achieve portability.
6.2.4 Implementation Criteria
If the standard is taken from an existing product source licensable
from a single vendor only, then implementations should be available to
all companies on a non-discriminatory basis. This includes pricing and
Freedom for anyone to develop a practical product which either
supports or utilizes the standard, subject to the need to license any
The standard to be adopted must be specified sufficiently that
a conformant product may be implemented (and usable) using only the
The standard itself
Products or services (e.g., protocols) that are publicly available
or obtainable from multiple sources and on a non-discriminatory basis
Formal standards from accredited standards development organizations
Other Open Group published or referenced standards
Other freely available information
Commercial availability of implementations.
6.2.5 Future Criteria
Either the submitter should operate a process acceptable to The
Open Group to handle modifications and/or extensions to the standard or
The Open Group should be free to modify and/or extend it.
The Open Group should have access to relevant extensions/enhancements
to the standard from the developer for an agreed period (without
obligation). It is expected that this obligation will be clearly bounded
in the legal agreement with the submitter.
Commitment from the submitter to adopt and implement agreed Open Group
changes and/or extensions.
There is an Open Group Manager designated as responsible for each
review. It is the responsibility of The Open Group Manager to ensure
that the Standards Adoption Criteria are met.
When it is proposed to select a specification as the basis of Open
Group work, The Open Group Manager shall advise The Open Group Governing
At any stage during the development and/or adoption of the standard,
any member of The Open Group Governing Board may ask for a formal report
that the Standards Adoption Criteria have been met; in which case,
The Open Group Manager shall prepare a report demonstrating that all of
the defined criteria have been considered, and that all of the required
conditions are satisfied.
The report shall be signed off by:
The Open Group Manager – to confirm that market need, stability,
implementation, and future criteria have been considered and met.
The Open Group Legal Counsel – to confirm that legal criteria
have been met.
Under normal circumstances, a formal report will be requested only
when the submitter of a proposed standard is from outside The Open
Group, and not from a formal standards development organization or
liaison consortium that has comparable acceptance criteria. However,
it is the responsibility of all parties in the standards development and
approval process to ensure that the criteria are satisfied in all Open
Group Standards. To that end, and to avoid confusion late in the approval
process, The Open Group Manager shall ensure that all participants in
Work Groups and, where relevant, all participants in Forums, have been
informed of the details of the criteria and that these groups evaluate
all aspects of their work to ensure the criteria are met.