The University of Pennsylvania Law School and Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) received two awards under the NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program to develop course modules and case studies on legal and administrative issues related to codes and standards. The curricula is now available on a new website, Codes-and-Standards.org, and can be used to integrate the study of codes and standards into core and elective courses in law schools and public policy graduate programs. The content is organized into five segments:(1) Introduction to Codes and Standards; (2) Standard Essential Patents; (3) Incorporation by Reference; (4) Risk Regulation; and (5) Federal Preemption. All of the materials needed to support one or more class modules are provided. This project was funded under the NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program.
U.S.-EU TTC Event: How Standards help SMEs to Innovate, Compete, and Grow (TTC WG1/WG9 SME Webinar)
Standards enable Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to innovate and grow while addressing the safety, quality, and interoperability of their products and services. U.S. and EU government and private sector representatives met for a webinar on December 13 to discuss technology standards-related best practices and available resources for SMEs. This webinar was organized by the European Commission as part of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council.
NIST Awards Funding to Five Universities to Advance Standards Education
NIST has made five awards totaling nearly $500,000 to support standards education in undergraduate and graduate level curricula. The disciplines supported by this year’s awards include aerospace; robotics; sustainability, infrastructure improvement and resilience; nanomaterials engineering; and building information modeling.
The Quad Leaders' Summit (US-Australia-Japan-India) took place on May 24 in Tokyo, Japan. Announcements from the Critical and Emerging Technology (CET) Work Group - Technology Standards Subgroup included successful cooperation through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings as well as a commitment to strengthen cooperation through the new International Standards Cooperation Network (ISCN), a mechanism for like-minded allies and partners to share information on technical standards activities.
The Technology Standards Working Group of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) agreed to establish a Strategic Standardization Information (SSI) mechanism on international standards development with the aim to cooperate and share information on new standardization opportunities. This cooperation was operationalized May 16 at the TTC Ministerial through the signature of an administrative arrangement, designating dedicated EU and US contact points including the Director of the NIST Standards Coordination Office.
Standards.gov is administered by the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at NIST. This site provides:
background materials and resources on the documentary standards and conformity assessment landscape that are useful for industry and academia;
useful documentary standards and conformity assessment information freely available to the general public; and
information about the use of documentary standards and conformity assessment activities in the Federal government.
Standards provide industries and innovators with a common language that facilitates trade, simplifies transactions and enables people to work together toward greater common goals that cut across disciplines and borders. NIST supports the development of standards by identifying areas where they are needed, convening stakeholders and providing technical and scientific guidance and expertise to help stakeholder groups reach a consensus.