International Standards Activities

To promote the project management profession, our volunteers and staff participate in a number of international standards activities. 

ISO/TC 258 Technical Committee

The ISO/TC 258 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Technical Committee develops standards related to project management and continues the work started by ISO PC236, which developed ISO 21500. TC258 has published a standard on portfolio management, ISO 2150, and is developing the following standards:

  • Governance of PPP
  • Program management
  • Vocabulary for project management
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Earned value management 
  • Project and program manager competencies

The TC has also begun an activity to review and potentially revise 21500.Other project management-related topics are under consideration for new activities.

PMI administers the ISO/TC 258 Secretariat on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). PMI staff member Karl Best serves as secretary. Mr. Miles Shepherd serves as chairperson on behalf of the British Standards Institute (BSI) until the end of 2016.

Interested in participating?

If you are interested in participating in ISO/TC 258, you must first join your country’s mirror committee; you can start by contacting your country’s national standards body. See the ISO website for a list of the national standards bodies.  

If you or your organization are domiciled in the United States and would like to engage in ISO/TC 258 activities, you can participate by joining the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG), an ANSI-accredited committee comprised of subject matter experts, individuals and entities directly and materially affected by the standards activities of ISO/TC 258.

Call for Technical Experts

The U.S. TAG has an ongoing call for technical experts. See a short presentation to learn the requirements for participation and how to apply.

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Additional International Activities

We also participate in the activities of the following ISO committees:

  • ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Software and Systems Engineering
  • ISO PC262 Risk Management

For more information

To learn more about PMI’s participation in international standards activities contact Karl Best, PMI standards compliance specialist.


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