– the intergovernmental organization through which Member States act together
     on matters related to measurement science and measurement standards.
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Metrology area:
Acoustics, Ultrasound and Vibration
Chemistry and Biology
Electricity and Magnetism
Ionizing Radiation
Mass and related quantities
Photometry and Radiometry
Time and Frequency

BIPM News:
JCTLM meeting focuses on 'Accurate Results for Patient Care' The importance of reference materials and reference methods as anchors for quality assays in laboratory medicine was highlighted at the JCTLM meeting in November 2015. BIPM provided data for the LISA Pathfinder mission The BIPM provided essential magnetic susceptibility data for the proof masses aboard the LISA Pathfinder satellite, launched by ESA on 3 December 2015. Developing metrology capacity for 'Safe Food and Feed' The BIPM has agreed to work with NIM and NMISA to establish a Mycotoxin Metrology Capacity Building programme to strengthen chemical analysis and measurement standard activities in developing economies. BIPM receives the first grant for its CB&KT Programme The BIPM has been awarded a US Government Grant, via NIST, which will provide funding for defined Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer Programme activities. WRC-15 confirms that UTC will retain leap seconds for the time being At the World Radiocommunication Conference in November 2015, members of the ITU decided to maintain leap second insertions in UTC until 2023, when the issue will be considered again after wider consultation.
The BIPM's mission and role:

The mission of the BIPM is to ensure and promote the global comparability of measurements, including providing a coherent international system of units for:

  • Scientific discovery and innovation,
  • Industrial manufacturing and international trade,
  • Sustaining the quality of life and the global environment.

The unique role of the BIPM enables it to achieve its mission by developing the technical and organizational infrastructure of the International System of Units (SI) as the basis for the world-wide traceability of measurement results. This is achieved both through technical activities in its laboratories and through international coordination.

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