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.
National Voluntary Conformity Assessment Systems Evaluation (NVCASE)
Standards function most effectively when members of government and industry fully understand their value, development, recognition, and use.
Standards and Conformity Assessment Training for Government Agencies
NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program
NIST Standards Coordination Office Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SCO SURF)
The US Government’s role in the development and use of standards and conformity assessment is guided by the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act, OMB Circular A-119, and other federal laws, regulations, and international agreements.
NIST provides a range of resources and activities to help users navigate the complex U.S. and international standards landscape.