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About is administered by the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at NIST. This site provides:  

  • information about the use of documentary standards and conformity assessment activities in the Federal government;
  • background materials and resources on the standards landscape; and
  • useful standards and conformity assessment information freely available to the general public.

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.

About the Standards Coordination Office

The Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducts standards-related programs, and provides knowledge and services that strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the quality of life. Our goal is to equip U.S. government and private sector with the standards-related tools and information necessary to effectively compete in the global marketplace.



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  • Standards Coordination Office
    NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 2100
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2100
Created May 23, 2016, Updated May 1, 2023