International Standards Activities

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

ISO/TC 258 Technical Committee

ISO, the International Standards Organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland develops international standards related to a wide variety of topics. ISO’s Technical Committee TC258 develops standards for project, program, and portfolio management and related topics. TC258 has developed the following International Standards published by ISO:

  • ISO 21500: 2012, Guidance on project management
  • ISO 21503: 2017, Guidance on programme management
  • ISO 21504: 2015, Guidance on portfolio management
  • ISO 21505: 2017, Guidance on governance
  • ISO TR 21506:2018, Project management vocabulary
  • ISO 21508:2018, Earned value management
  • ISO 21511:2018, Work breakdown structure

TC258 is currently developing a revision of the 21500 project management standard, a standard defining the PPPM environment, and an implementation guide for the EVM standard. There are also activities to study the topic of the project environment, and the need for and feasibility of creating a management systems standard for project management.

PMI administers the ISO/TC 258 on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Daniel Wiser serves as the ISO Committee Manager. Mr. Steve Fahrenkrog serves as the ISO Chairperson on behalf of ANSI.

More information about ISO/TC258 may be found on ISO's website.

Interested in participating?

If you are interested in participating in ISO/TC 258, you must first join your country’s mirror committee. Start by contacting your country’s national standards body.

If you or your organization are domiciled in the United States and would like to participate in ISO/TC 258 activities, you can join 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. Contact PMI staff member Lorna Scheel, the Administrator of the US TAG, at [email protected].

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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For more information

To learn more about PMI’s participation in international standards activities contact Daniel Wiser, PMI Product Specialist.