OpenROADM does not aim to replace other standards organizations in the optical networking industry. Instead, it augments their work in areas not already fully covered in any existing standards and contributes to the standards for emerging technologies with open and interoperable solutions.

The ITU, OIF, and IEEE play fundamental roles in defining and promoting standards for the industry, and the OpenROADM MSA actively liaises with these and other standards bodies to share efforts and promote wider recognition of the available standards.