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ABYC uses a committee system to review and develop Standards and Technical Information Reports. The process is open to anyone that is materially affected by the standard.  Although encouraged, ABYC membership is not required to be involved in the standards review process.  It is essential to have the appropriate technical expertise and a diverse group at the table to ensure the highest quality standards.  If you are interested in becoming involved in the process and supporting boating safety, please feel free to contact ABYC to learn more. 

About the PTC

Each standard is assigned to a particular Project Technical Committee (PTC).  The PTC is the body responsible for reviewing and updating the ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports.  The PTCs are organized by subject matter and may have one standard assigned to it or several assigned to it.

Click here for a list of standards by PTC.

The PTCs typically have a minimum of one meeting a year.  This meeting may be a physical meeting at Standards Week or webinar throughout the year.  Additional webinars may be held based on PTC need and workload. PTC membership is required to be balanced with no category (boat builders, accessory manufacturers, surveyors, technicians, consumers, etc.) exceeding 1/3 of the membership. Click here PTC meeting FAQs.

Roles in the PTC

Chair The leader of the PTC, not an ABYC staff member, appointed by the Technical Board based on experience, expertise in the subject matter and willingness to serve.

Vice Chair This individual is expected to assume the duties of the Chair in his or her absence.

MembersThis group is required to attend meetings, vote, comment when needed, participate and generally add to the discussions in their area of expertise. Attendance and participation at a PTC meeting is necessary prior to PTC membership approval.  Apply to be a member of a PTC 

Mail List These participants are interested parties who may have an application waiting for membership or who just want to keep informed of a standard’s progress.  They receive all information and communications and have the ability to comment on documents under review and actively participate in meetings.  They cannot vote on formal ballots but may be allowed to participate in balloting during a meeting at the discretion of the PTC Chair. Join a PTC Mail List 

Staff The ABYC staff function is to keep the formal records of the meeting, edit documents, record the disposition of the comments discussed, keep order and remind participants of the rules of engagement.  Staff may use their technical expertise to clarify or expand on the discussion but does not have an opinion on a technical matter under consideration.

Want to get involved?

We have an outstanding opportunity for you to join ABYC’s project technical committees (PTC). We are looking for new members in the following PTCs:

 PTC  Individuals Representing
Boat Service
Boating manufacturers, Engine manufacturers, Accessory   manufacturers, Insurance industry, Surveyors and Consumers
Engine and Powertrain
Insurance Industry, Surveyors, Service Specialists, Consumers
Gas Detectors
Boating manufacturers, Engine manufacturers, Insurance industry, Surveyors and Consumers
Navigation Lights and   Sound Signal Appliances
Boating manufacturers, Engine manufacturers, Insurance industry, Trade Associations, Surveyors and Consumers
Reinforced Plastics
Boating manufacturers, Engine manufacturers, Accessory manufacturers, Insurance industry, Trade Associations, Surveyors and Consumers

FAQ for PTC Meetings


To learn more about how to participate, please visit us here  or contact Lynn Lipsey at llipsey@abycinc.org or (410) 990-4460 x118.


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