The Global Standards and
Information Group provides technical information related to standards
and supports Federal agencies and industry by:
- Monitoring developments
in standards and conformity assessment
activities in the Western Hemisphere, the European
Union, Russia and the Newly Independent States
(NIS), Central Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, and the Asia-Pacific
- Operating the National
Center for Standards and Certification Information, which provides
research services on standards, technical regulations and conformity-assessment
procedures for non-agricultural products, both in the U.S. and foreign
- Supporting the International
Trade Administration's Special American Business
Intern Training (SABIT) program for technical experts from Russia
and the NIS.
- Conducting workshops
at NIST on U.S. standards and conformity assessment practices for foreign
standards officials in other countries.
- Conducting standards related economic and policy
analyses and compiling information on the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system.
- Participating in interagency
activities to establish U.S. government positions on standards-related
aspects of major international agreements, such as the North
American Free Trade Agreement and WTO
Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
- Participating in the
work of international and regional organizations concerned with standardization
and conformity assessment, such the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
and Free Trade Area of the Americas.
- Partnering with the Department
of Commerce's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service to place and provide
technical support for standards experts at
key U.S. embassies and missions to work with government agencies and
industry to identify and remove technical barriers to trade.
- Operating the NVCASE
program, which recognizes competent U.S. conformity assessment bodies
to evaluate U.S. products for conformity to foreign regulatory requirements,
under government-to-government mutual recognition agreeements. The NVCASE
is also used domestically to assist other U.S. agencies, such as the
Federal Communications Commission, in their areas of responsibility.
- Maintains database
of NIST and Department of Commerce staff participating on U.S. and International
standards developing committees.
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
Phone: (301) 975-6094, Fax: (301) 975-4715, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date created: March 30, 2001
Last updated: January 15, 2003
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