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 Dr. Carmina Londono, Group Leader


About Global Standards and Information Group

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 Region.

  • 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 countries.

  • 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.

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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
Phone: (301) 975-6094, Fax: (301) 975-4715, Email: gsig@nist.gov

Date created: March 30, 2001
Last updated: January 15, 2003

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