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Standards-Related Resources provided by the U.S. Government
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Department of Defense (DOD) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Test and Evaluation (T&E) standards are established under the authority of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for T&E (ADUSA (T&E)) in the oversight role as the DOD CBRN Defense T&E Executive. All CBRND TTOPs are developed by the interagency organizations participating in the TECMIPT CBRN community. TTOPs published to the NIST website are freely available to any interested T&E organization or for testing of commercial products in development.
Department of Commerce
Export.gov provides online trade resources and one-on-one assistance for your international business – whether you're just starting or expanding your global sales.
The Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP) advises the Secretary of Commerce and other Executive Branch agencies in standards policy matters. The Committee reports to the Secretary of Commerce through the Director of NIST.
The Office of Standards Liaison (OSL) works with members of ITA's Commercial Service, Market Access and Compliance, Manufacturing and Services, and Import Administration staff on trade matters that have a primary component involving standardization and/or conformity assessment.
Standards attachés are located in the key markets of China, Europe and Central America to monitor emerging standards issues having potential trade implications for U.S. businesses.
The Trade Information Center is prepared to answer your questions on export requirements, including documentation and country information. Call the TIC at 1-800-USA-TRAD(E).
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Barriers to Trade (ITAC 16) is a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy.
The Trade Compliance Center (TCC) is the U.S. Government's focal point for monitoring foreign compliance with trade agreements to see that U.S. firms and workers get the maximum benefits from these agreements.
TCC Success Story in March 2011 International Trade UPDATE
On March 19, 2003, Commerce Secretary Donald Evans launched the Department's Standards Initiative at the urging of industry associations that were concerned about the increasing use of both voluntary and mandatory standards as technical barriers to trade.
Additional U.S. Government Resources
The annual Report on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Report) prepared by USTR focuses on significant foreign trade barriers in the form of product standards, technical regulations and testing, certification, and conformity assessment procedures.
National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) report is an annual series that surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. The report provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign practices on the value of U.S. exports. Information is also included on actions taken to eliminate barriers.
The USTR WTO & Multilateral Affairs (WAMA) office has responsibility for trade discussions and negotiations, as well as policy coordination, on issues related technical barriers to trade and standards-related activities.
Explore information provided by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) about its cooperative activities with key trading partners and international organizations, including the European Union, Mexico, Canada, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). OIRA is part of the Office of Management and Budget.
Regulations.gov is the U.S. Government web site that makes it easier for you to participate in Federal rulemaking – you can find, review, and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register, the Government's legal newspaper. As a member of the public, you can submit comments about these regulations, and have the Government take your views into account.
The NIST Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) Forensic Science Program conducted a survey of state and federal law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive list of databases, reference materials, and standard reference collections use by forensic scientists in laboratories at the state and local levels. The survey resulted in 228 state, federal, and commercially run databases.
Biometrics.gov is the central source of information on biometrics-related activities of the Federal government. The National Science and Technology Council pusblishes the NSTC Policy for Enabling the Development, Adoption and Use of Biometric Standards and the Registry of USG Recommended Biometric Standards. Both documents are available on this website.
The NNI is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving 27 department and agency units working together toward the shared vision of "a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society." The NNI brings together the expertise needed to advance this broad and complex field--creating a framework for shared goals, priorities, and strategies that helps each participating Federal agency leverage the resources of all participating agencies. With the support of the NNI, nanotechnology R&D is taking place in academic, government, and industry laboratories across the United States.
CLDP's mission is to improve the legal environment for doing business in developing and transitional countries around the globe and thereby foster greater political stability and economic opportunity for local entrepreneurs and U.S. companies alike.