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NIST Guidance Documents

A guidance document is an agency statement of general applicability and future effect, other than a regulatory action, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation. Guidance documents are intended to provide helpful information to the public, such as clarifying obligations under an existing law or regulation, or providing information on agency procedures. Guidance documents do not, however, themselves impose obligations on the public.

This page provides a portal to NIST guidance documents.

Please note that the contents of these guidance documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements.

 

Unique ID number Name Date issued Date posted General topic Summary
NIST-SCO-01 Compliance FAQs: CE Marking 9/14/17    
2/28/20    
CE Marking Provides answers to frequently asked questions about CE marking (a manufacturer’s declaration that a product meets the applicable health, safety, and environmental requirements outlined in the appropriate European product legislation and has undergone the relevant conformity assessment procedure).
NIST-SCO-02 Compliance FAQs: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Marking 9/11/17    
2/28/20    
China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Marking     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about CCC marking, a conformity assessment system required for the importation and sale of goods in China.    
NIST-SCO-03   Compliance FAQs: Fastener Quality Act (FQA) 11/11/17     2/28/20     Fastener Quality Act     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about compliance with the Fastener Quality Act.        
NIST-SCO-05 Compliance FAQs: Made in the USA     9/11/17    


2/28/20    

Made in the USA     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about labeling a product Made in the USA.
NIST-SCO-06     Compliance FAQs: NIST IT Security Validation Program     9/11/17    
2/28/20    
IT Security Validation     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about the IT Security Validation Program.
NIST-SCO-07   Compliance FAQs: Packaging and Labeling in the U.S.     9/11/17    
2/28/20    
Packaging and Labeling in the U.S.     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about packaging and labeling in the U.S.
NIST-SCO-08     Compliance FAQs: RoHS     12/19/17
2/28/20    
Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about RoHS, which was first introduced as a European Union directive (2002/95/EC), which went in force in 2003.
NIST-ITL-01     FAQs: Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)     6/13/19    
2/28/20    
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about protection of CUI.
NIST-TPO-01     Bayh Dole Regulations FAQs     10/15/19     2/28/20     Bayh Dole Act     Provides answers to frequently asked questions about compliance with 2018 revisions to regulations under the Bayh Dole Act.     
NIST-IR-8115     A Guide to United States
Apparel and
Household Textiles
Compliance
Requirements
4/16    
2/28/20    
Apparel and
Household Textiles
Compliance
This guide addresses apparel, including children’s apparel, and household textiles.
NIST-IR-8116     A Guide to United States
Footwear
Compliance
Requirements
4/16    
2/28/20    
Footwear
Compliance
This guide addresses general purpose footwear (made of leather, fur, and man-made materials) and protective footwear (for use in the workplace).
NIST-IR 8117     A Guide to United States
Flat-Rolled Steel
Compliance Requirements
12/13    
2/28/20    
Flat-Rolled Steel
Compliance  
This guide addresses flat-rolled (hot or cold) steel, including stainless, alloy, non-alloy or iron.
NIST-IR 8118r1     A Guide to United States
Electrical and
Electronic Equipment
Compliance
Requirements
02/17    
2/28/20    
Electrical and
Electronic Equipment
Compliance
This guide addresses electrical and electronic consumer products including those that will come into contact with food.
NIST-IR 8119     A Guide to United States
Furniture
Compliance
Requirements
03/16    
2/28/20    
Furniture
Compliance    
This guide addresses children’s furniture, upholstered furniture and other types of furniture.
NIST-IR 8120     A Guide to United States
Imported Motor Vehicle
Equipment and Parts
Compliance
Requirements
8/16    
2/28/20    
Imported Motor Vehicle
Equipment and Parts
Compliance
This guide addresses U.S. requirements for imported motor vehicle equipment and parts.
NIST-IR-8178     A Guide to United States
Cosmetic Products
Compliance
Requirements
05/17    
2/28/20    
Cosmetic Products
Compliance  
This guide addresses the compliance requirements for basic cosmetics and soap.

 

Helpful background documents

Executive Order 13891: Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents (October 9, 2019)

OMB Memorandum M-20-02: Guidance Implementing Executive Order 13891 (October 31, 2019)

OMB Bulletin 07-02: Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices (January 18, 2007)

Department of Commerce regulations applicable to issuance of guidance documents will be posted at www.commerce.gov.

Contact

If you wish to petition NIST to modify or withdraw any of its guidance documents, please send an email to guidance@nist.gov and provide contact information, identify the guidance document, and describe the nature of the request. Requests may also be submitted to:

Office of the Chief Counsel
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mail Stop 1052
Gaithersburg, MD  20899

Created February 25, 2020, Updated February 28, 2020