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USA and EU agree plans for cooperation in metrology and measurement standards

The European Commission has recently published an implementing arrangement for cooperation in the fields of metrology and measurement standards between itself and the USA's National Institute of Standards and Technology (the NIST - part of the US Department of Commerce). The a...
The European Commission has recently published an implementing arrangement for cooperation in the fields of metrology and measurement standards between itself and the USA's National Institute of Standards and Technology (the NIST - part of the US Department of Commerce). The arrangement is part of the implementation of the EU-US Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement.

This cooperation aims 'to demonstrate the degree to which equivalent measurement capability exists between the NIST national laboratories and the European national laboratory network and to augment the scientific and technical capabilities of the participating institutions', reads the agreement.

The arrangement is intended to apply to exchanges of technical information, reference data and materials, calibrations and measurement standards, exchange visits, cooperative research in areas of mutual interest, and other forms of cooperation activities as mutually agreed.

Research activities under this implementing arrangement will be subject to and dependent upon the availability of funds and personnel. Decisions on funding for joint activities will be made by mutual agreement.

The agreement will be implemented through the Measurements and Testing generic activity of the Fifth Framework Programme, under the responsibility of the European Commission's Research Directorate-General and the NIST's Office of International and Academic Affairs.

The implementing arrangement is now valid and should remain in force for five years.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities

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