Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Documentary standards


Documentary Standards can specify definition of terms; classifications of components; delineation of procedures; specification of dimensions, materials, processes, products, systems, services or practices; test methods and sampling procedures; or descriptions of fit and measurements of size or strength. Under the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA), NIST is assigned responsibility to coordinate federal, state, and local documentary standards and conformity assessment activities.


Catherine Cooksey adjusting a machine for the measurement of transmittance.

Key Comparisons: Transmitting Correct Measures All Around the World

New employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are often surprised to learn that our agency is part of the Department of Commerce. How could this be? On the surface it seems that the missions of the two organizations couldn’t be more different. The Department of Commerce would appear to be concerned with, well, commerce, while NIST is well known for its Nobel Prize
A fired cartridge case and a fired bullet.

Two New Forensic Firearm Examination Standards Added to the OSAC Registry of Approved Standards

Smart grid benefits

NIST Leader, Researcher Explain Benefits of Smart Grid Interoperability and How to Achieve It

test set up "Supervisor" wirelessly synchronizes timing of two robots' movements

NIST and Industry Researchers Make Advances in Wireless Time-Sensitive Networking