experts stationed in several key embassies help
U.S. businesses resolve standards-related issues
in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and
compete in the global marketplace, U.S. products must
meet specified standards for quality and performance.
NIST collaborates with other agencies and the private
sector to represent U.S. interests in the development
of international standards. Ideally, such standards
should encourage the sale of U.S. products abroad.
year, hundreds of foreign officials receive training
on U.S. standards, measurement methods, and technology.
NIST staff participate in nearly 200 international standards
committees annually and operate an accreditation program
for U.S. testing and calibration laboratories.