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articles:nist_traceability [2020/01/23 10:03]
rrandall [Traceability to Organizations, rather than SI Units]
articles:nist_traceability [2020/01/23 10:16] (current)
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 NIST, for example, is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. When the US Government was "shut down" during 1995, 2013, 2018, and 2019, NIST operations were suspended. So if your company had measurement standards at NIST awaiting calibration,​ or if you outsourced calibration to a metrology lab who had its measurement standards at NIST, then the length of time associated with the government "​shutdown"​ was added to the delay in receiving those instruments. These government "​shutdowns"​ create a "​ripple effect"​ throughout industry. NIST, for example, is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. When the US Government was "shut down" during 1995, 2013, 2018, and 2019, NIST operations were suspended. So if your company had measurement standards at NIST awaiting calibration,​ or if you outsourced calibration to a metrology lab who had its measurement standards at NIST, then the length of time associated with the government "​shutdown"​ was added to the delay in receiving those instruments. These government "​shutdowns"​ create a "​ripple effect"​ throughout industry.
  
-To avoid this, standards writing bodies and regulatory agencies should gain a better understanding of "​metrological traceability"​ and allow other NMIs and/or accredited commercial metrology laboratories to be utilized in providing metrological traceability to SI units.+To avoid this, standards writing bodies and regulatory agencies should gain a better understanding of "​metrological traceability"​ and allow other NMIs and/or accredited commercial metrology laboratories to be utilized in providing metrological traceability to SI units. In particular, these bodies should promote international consistency of measurements through adopting the recommendations of the [[https://​ilac.org/​latest_ilac_news/​joint-bipm-oiml-iso-and-ilac-declaration-on-metrological-traceability-signed/​|"​Joint BIPM, OIML, ISO and ILAC Declaration on Metrological Traceability"​]].
  
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