U.S. Department of Commerce Standards Experts
To assist U.S. companies in overcoming standards-related barriers in foreign markets, NIST cooperates with the Department of Commerce's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service to place standards experts in U.S. Embassies in key markets - in Brussels, Belgium (to interface with the European Commission), Mexico and Brazil - and to support these experts once in place. NIST separately contracts with non-government experts located in Saudi Arabia and India. All standards experts work with U.S. business, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign counterpart organizations to identify and remove technical barriers to trade. Standards-related information and on-the-ground assistance in key markets is critical to U.S. exports and competitiveness.
NIST recommends qualified experts for consideration by the Commercial Service, provides training for both government and non-government experts prior to their placement, and assigns a technical liaison at NIST for each standards expert in the field to serve as primary contact for technical data and pertinent standards-related information. NIST participation in this program is important to the acceptance of the standards experts by foreign government (and private sector) technical counterparts.
NIST and the Commercial Service recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement covering both formal and working relationships associated with the assignment of standards experts to selected U.S. Embassies. The Memorandum of Agreement outlines the respective responsibilities of NIST and the Commercial Service, and also details the scope of activity associated with the standards expert positions.
Under the Agreement, standards experts are tasked to work with U.S. business, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign organizations to identify and remove technical barriers to trade in the specific country and region where assigned by:
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For technical questions concerning the Global Standards and Information Group, contact us:
Global Standards and
Information Group, Standards Services Division, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2100
Date created: January 11, 1999