From time to time, the IAB has cause to publish documents as Requests
for Comments (RFCs). These occasions include the following:
o documents that arise from consideration of an issue by the IAB and
are authored by the IAB through a nominated editor.
o documents that report on IAB activities, such as workshop reports,
and are authored by a nominated editor, generally from among the
o documents that are not the outcome of an Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF) Working Group effort but that the IAB has determined
would be of benefit to the IETF community to publish. Such
documents need not necessarily be authored or revised by the IAB.
The majority of documents published by the IAB will be classified as
Informational RFCs (see [RFC2026]). Generally speaking, the IAB does
not publish Standards-Track or Experimental RFCs. If the IAB has
cause to publish a document as a Best Current Practice (BCP), it
would fall under the approval process of the IETF standards stream of
RFCs (see [RFC4844]).
In many cases, the IAB publishes documents to provide a permanent
record of an IAB statement or position. In such cases, the IAB uses
its internal discussion processes to refine the expression and
technical content of the document, and the document is approved for
publication if, and only if, the IAB is in agreement on its
For certain documents, it may not be appropriate for the IAB to take
responsibility for technical correctness. For example, where the IAB
has sponsored a workshop in which not all the participants were
members of the IAB and/or not all the members of the IAB were
present, approval by the IAB of a report of the workshop is used only
to assert that the report is a faithful report of the proceedings of
the workshop and that the matter is of interest to the community.
Documents for which the IAB takes responsibility for technical
correctness (the most usual case) will be indicated by noting the IAB
as an author of the document, with individuals noted as editors or
text authors. Other documents, such as workshop reports, will not
specify the IAB as an author (although this does not preclude
individual IAB members from being authors or editors).