Measurement Services Division

ORM provides customers with the means to obtain NIST Standard Reference Materials®, Calibration Services, and Standard Reference Data.

NIST supports accurate and compatible measurements by certifying and providing over 1300 of the highest quality and metrological value Standard Reference Materials to industry, academia, and government. These materials are used to perform instrument calibrations in units as part of overall quality assurance programs, to verify the accuracy of specific measurements, and to support the development of new measurement methods.

The calibration services NIST provides help customers achieve the highest measurement quality and productivity. These services include electromagnetic, ionizing radiation, mechanical, optical radiation, thermodynamic, and time and frequency calibrations.

Standard reference data are well-documented numeric data that scientists and engineers use in technical problem-solving, research, and development. These recommended values are based on data extracted from world literature that are assessed for reliability and evaluated to select preferred values.

What is your measurement need?

  • I have an instrument I need to have  calibrated.
  • I need an artifact to measure in my lab.
  • I am looking for scientific data.
  • I want to know how to measure something.
  • I have a question about meterologic traceability.
  • I have a question about laboratory accreditation.
  • I am looking for a NIST publication.


  • Steven J. Choquette, Acting Director of the Office of Reference Materials



    Measurement Services Division, NIST:
    100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2300
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2300

    Tel: Tel: 301-975-3096
    Fax: 301-926-0416



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