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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. Join U.S. and EU government and private sector representatives for a webinar on December 13 to learn more about technology standards-related best practices and available resources for SMEs. This webinar is organized 
by the European Commission as part of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council. Please register here

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.   

NIST signs MOU with the Standards Council of Canada enhancing cooperation in documentary standards, conformity assessment, and accreditation. The NIST Standards Coordination Office (SCO) and The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) signed an MOU on April 6 that intends to enhance cooperation in documentary standards, conformity assessment, and accreditation. The MOU includes cooperation in emerging technology areas such as AI and the participation in the International Standards Cooperation Network (ISCN) that is also being pursued with the Technical Standards Working groups under the US/EU TTC and Quad. This cooperation in standards will increase our alignment in international standards work and create an environment that will reduce technical barriers to trade in North America.



Quick Links 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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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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