IEEE member technical societies generally conduct or participate in standards activities commensurate with their discipline.  The Oceanic Engineering Society is pursuing standards in several ways.  It is sponsoring a standards initiative, which aims to compile and disseminate information on standards, protocols, quality assurance (QA) procedures, and best practices that are important in ocean engineering.  It is also sponsoring an interoperability standards initiative, which aims to define the need for interoperability with respect to sensors used in systems in the marine environment.  Both of these initiatives are described in the following webpages.

OES has representatives on the IEEE-Standards Association (SA) Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC) 42 Transportation, with reference to autonomous underwater vehicles, and the IEEE Sensors Council, with respect to oceanographic instruments.  It is also participates in such standards organizations as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and British Standards Institute (BSI), among others.