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Documentary Standards

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NIST Role in Documentary Standards

The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTAA) directs U.S. agencies to adopt voluntary consensus standards wherever possible, thereby avoiding development of unique government standards, and establishes reporting requirements.  In response, NIST coordinates and collaborates with the broader stakeholder community to develop various standards to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing innovation.

NIST leads or contributes to many American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) as well as to other community standards development efforts related to biotechnology.  NIST also administers and chairs the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 276 Biotechnology.  A list of NIST-led standards can be found here.  

NIST Engagement in Documentary Standards

NIST engages with a wide range of organizations and committees in the bioscience and health sectors including:

NIST also coordinates standards development with professional societies and other organizations including USP, ISCT, ASGCT, AAB and FACTS.

NIST does not endorse any specific standards that may be mentioned herein. 

Created May 1, 2024, Updated May 17, 2024