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International Legal Metrology Organizational Primer



S. W. Stiefel


The world's metrology and legal metrology infrastructure abounds with organizations that play differing roles such as measurement research, standards, and accreditation. Associated with these organizations is a bewildering assortment of acronyms. This article presents the role and responsibilities of these organizations, how they relate to and contrast with each other, and provides a glossary of acronyms with associated internet links.
NIST Weights and Measures Division


accreditation, acronyms, legal metrology, metrology, standardization


Stiefel, S. (2007), International Legal Metrology Organizational Primer, NIST Weights and Measures Division, [online],, (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created December 31, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017