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Today’s consumers expect the products they buy to meet reasonable standards for safety, functionality, durability, and other important traits. Learn more about U.S. standards policy, regulations, and procedures using the following resources:  

U.S. Policy    

View policy on industry-developed standards: Circular A-119 and the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) promote reliance on voluntary consensus standards

Current Standards

Standards Incorporated by Reference: Incorporation by reference (IBR) allows Federal agencies to comply with the requirement to publish rules in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by referring to materials already published elsewhere.


Request quick research, referrals, and publications: The Standards Information Center provides quick reference and guidance on standards-related topics, including navigating complex U.S. and international standards landscape

Locate Trade Information: Access the latest notifications issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)



  • Standards Coordination Office
    (301) 975-4000
    NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 2100
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2100
Created May 18, 2016, Updated November 15, 2019