The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), (pronounced "insights"), is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization composed of Information technology developers. It was formerly known as the X3 and NCITS. INCITS is the central U.S. forum dedicated to creating technology standards. INCITS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is affiliated with the Information Technology Industry Council, a global policy advocacy organization that represents U.S. and global innovation companies. INCITS coordinates technical standards activity between ANSI in the US and joint ISO/IEC committees worldwide. This provides a mechanism to create standards that will be implemented in many nations. As such, INCITS' executive board also serves as ANSI's Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of information technology. INCITS operates through consensus.


INCITS is guided by its executive board. The INCITS executive board established more than 50 Technical Committees, Task Groups and Study Groups that are constantly developing standards for new technologies and updating standards for older products.

Standards development

More than 750 standards have been created and approved through the INCITS process, with another 800 in development. American National Standards are voluntary and serve U.S. interests well because all materially affected stakeholders have the opportunity to work together to create them. INCITS-approved standards only become mandatory when, and if, they are adopted or referenced by the government or when market forces make them imperative. Given the responsibilities and the expenditures associated with U.S. participation in international standards activities, INCITS considers participation as a "P" member of ISO/IEC JTC 1, as a declaration of support for the international committee's technical work. INCITS policy is to adopt as "Identical" American National Standards all ISO/IEC or ISO standards that fall within its program of work, with exceptions as outlined in our procedures. Accordingly, INCITS will adopt as "Identical" American National Standards all ISO/IEC or ISO standards that fall within its program of work. Similarly, INCITS will withdraw any such adopted American National Standard that has been withdrawn as an ISO/IEC or ISO International Standards.


INCITS was established in 1961 as the Accredited Standards Committee X3, Information Technology'and is sponsored by Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade association representing providers of information technology products and services then known as the Business Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA) and later renamed the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (CBEMA). The first organizational meeting was in February 1961 with ITI (CBEMA then) taking Secretariat responsibility. X3 was established under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures. The forum was renamed Accredited Standards Committee NCITS, National Committee for Information Technology Standards in 1997, and the current name was approved in 2001.


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Technical Committees, Task Groups, Study Groups

Technical Committee T13 ATA Attachment

BigData (BIG-DATA Study Group)

Biometrics (M1 Technical Committee)
Data Interchange Formats (M1.3 Task Group)
Performance Testing and Reporting (M1.5 Task Group)
Cross Jurisdictional and Societal Aspects (M1.6 Task Group)

Character Sets and Internationalization (L2 Technical Committee)

Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms (CLOUD38 Technical Co

Coding of Audio, Picture, Multimedia, and Hypermedia Information (L3 Technical Committee)
MPEG (L3.1 Task Group)
JPEG (L3.2 Task Group)

Computer Graphics & Image Processing (H3 Technical Committee)

Cyber Security (CS1 Technical Committee)

Data Management (DM32 Technical Committee)
Database (DM32.2 Task Group)
Metadata (DM32.8 Technical Committee)

Fibre Channel Interfaces (T11 Technical Committee)
Physical Variants (T11.2 Task Group)
Interconnection Schemes (T11.3 Task Group)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (L1 Technical Committee)

Governance of IT (GIT1 Technical Committee)

Identification Cards and Related Devices Physical Characteristics and Test Methods (B10 Technical Committee)
Integrated Circuit Cards with Contacts (B10.12 Task Group)
Contactless IC Cards (B10.5 Task Group)
Driver’s License/ID Cards (B10.8 Technical Committee)
Physical Characteristics and Test Methods (B10.11 Task Group)

Internet of Things (IoT) (IOT10 Technical Committee)

IT Sustainability (ITS39 Technical Committee)
* Programming Languages (PL22 Technical Committee)
Fortran (PL22.3 Task Group)COBOL (PL22.4 Task Group)C Language (PL22.11 Task Group)C++ Language (PL22.16 Task Group)

Office Equipment (W1 Technical Committee)

Open Systems (T3 Technical Committee)

Smart Cities (SMART-CITIES Technical Committee)

SCSI Storage Interfaces (T10 Technical Committee)


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