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NIST Announces Funding for 2022 Standards Curricula Development Program
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to award funding for cooperative agreements for curricula development that will educate students about the impact, nature, and value of standards and standardization so they develop a strong understanding and appreciation for the role of standards in the domestic and global marketplace.  The deadline to submit applications is June 14, 2022.

RFI on People’s Republic of China (PRC) policies and influence in the development of international standards for emerging technologies
NIST issued a Request for Information on People’s Republic of China (PRC) policies and influence in the development of international standards for emerging technologies. Comments were due by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 6, 2021, and are posted to

Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards
NIST announces the publication of Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards (NISTIR 8366). It was created primarily for the benefit of NIST staff experts who participate in the development of documentary standards as expert collaborators and leaders. Because NIST authors often work with industry standards development organizations (SDOs), the technical agency has made the guidance available to the public. 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.

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Tue, Sep 22 2020



ABC's of Conformity Assessment

Lisa J. Carnahan, Amy L. Phelps
The Standards Coordination Office periodically publishes information related to standards and conformity assessment as a service to producers and users of such


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