Standards expedite trade across borders only when agreed-upon standards are followed consistently. NIST fosters compliance by evaluating conformity assessment accreditation bodies and ensuring adherence to standards specified in international agreements.
Standards function most effectively when members of government and industry fully understand their value, development, recognition, and use.
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