This document outlines the working methods to be used by the 3GPP Technical Specification Groups and their Working Groups and their Sub-Groups, and by the 3GPP Support Team in relation to document management, i.e. handling of specifications, updating procedures, Change Request procedures, version control mechanisms, specifications status information etc. It complements the rules and procedures defined for 3GPP. This document does not stipulate the details of the internal working of the TSG Sub-Groups. From the Technical Specification Group point of view, a task and responsibility is given to a Working Group directly answering to the Technical Specification Group. In practice, the work/task may be carried out in a subgroup of that Working Group.
The following documents contain provisions which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions of the present document.
References are either specific (identified by date of publication, edition number, version number, etc.) or non specific.
For a specific reference, subsequent revisions do not apply.
For a non-specific reference, the latest version applies. In the case of a reference to a 3GPP document (including a GSM document), a non-specific reference implicitly refers to the latest version of that document in the same Release as the present document.
 TR 21.801
"Specification drafting rules".
 TR 21.905
"Vocabulary for 3GPP Specifications".
 TS 21.101
"Technical Specifications and Technical Reports for a UTRAN-based 3GPP system".
 TS 41.101
"Technical Specifications and Technical Reports for a GERAN-based 3GPP system".
ITU-T Recommendation I.130: "Method for the characterization of telecommunication services supported by an ISDN and network capabilities of an ISDN".
 TS 29.501
"5G System; Principles and Guidelines for Services Definition; Stage 3".
 RFC 3629:
"UTF-8, a transformation format of ISO 10646".
For the purposes of the present document, the following terms and those in TR 21.905
sub-division of a feature, representing a coherent set of technical functionality which would generally be expected to reside in a single system element.
procedure whereby proposed modifications to a specification are presented for approval to the TSG as formal Change Requests.
specification status in which no changes of any kind to the specification are permitted.
Change Request (CR):
formal proposal presented on a standard form to modify a specification which is under change control.
specification status prior to change control, in which changes may be made without formal Change Requests.
implementation of a particular feature on a platform of a release earlier than the release that contains the feature.
new or substantially enhanced functionality which represents added value to the existing system.
specification status in which only essential corrections are permitted.
normative text contained in one or more Technical Specifications, corresponding either to a feature or to some portion of a feature.
TSG or TSG Sub-Group.
For version x.y.z of a specification, x is called the major version.
Mobile Competence Centre (MCC):
Example: For version 3.2.0 of a specification, the major version is 3.
The permanent secretariat, or support team, of 3GPP.
generic term standing for Technical Specification and Technical Report.
type of Work Item which will conduct feasibility studies and will result in a Technical Report
Technical Specification Group.
TSG change control:
specification status in which the Technical Specification Group is responsible for approval of Change Requests.
Working Group or subgroup of a Working Group or of a Sub-Group.
Working Group (WG):
official subgroup of a TSG reporting to that TSG.
WG Change Control:
specification status in which the Working Group is responsible for agreeing Change Requests for submission to the TSG for approval.
unique identifier in the form x.y.z for a specification at a given point in time.
specification status in which the given version of the specification no longer belongs to the appropriate set of valid specifications.
Work Item (WI):
description of an enhancement to a technical area, which may be categorized as Study Item, Feature, Building Block or Work Task.
Work Item description (WID):
description of a Work Item in a standard Work Item Description sheet.
sub-division of a building block, representing a self-contained, well-scoped and well-scheduled item of work.