Mission and principles


JTC 1 is committed to developing, maintaining, promoting and facilitating information technology (IT) standards required by global markets meeting business and user requirements. The standards apply to the following areas:

  • Design and development of IT systems and tools
  • Performance and quality of IT products and systems
  • Security of IT systems and information
  • Portability of application programs
  • Interoperability of IT products and systems
  • Unified tools and environments
  • Harmonized IT vocabulary
  • User friendly and ergonomically designed user interfaces



  1. JTC 1 standards development will be conducted with full attention to a strong business-like approach (e.g., cost effective, short development times, market-oriented results).
  2. JTC 1 will provide a wide range of quality products and services, within its scope and mission, to cover identified global needs.
  3. The JTC 1 community will actively promote the use of its products and services and the timely implementation of JTC 1 standards within the form of useful products on a worldwide basis.
  4. JTC 1 will ensure that its user needs including multicultural requirements, are fully met, such that its products and services promote international trade.
  5. JTC 1 recognizes the value of the work of other organizations and the contribution they make to international IT standardization and will complement existing and forthcoming JTC 1 programs through other leading edge activity with the objective of providing the best standards worldwide.
  6. JTC 1 will provide a standards development environment which attracts technical experts and users having identified standardization needs.



In 2017, JTC 1 celebrated 30 years as a successful standards development body.  Read more about this momentous milestone.

JTC 1 establishes Incubator Groups for a period of one year to investigate new standardization opportunities. Any information technology areas worthy of greater study are considered.


More information about JTC 1

JTC 1_Value_Proposition (PDF, 127 kB)

The Delta Value of JTC 1 as a provider of International Standards (PDF, 79 kB)

Long term business plan (PDF, 76 kB)