The task of the BIPM is to ensure world-wide
uniformity of measurements and their traceability to
the International System of Units (SI).
It does this with the authority of the Convention of the Metre, a diplomatic treaty between fifty-six nations, and it operates through a series of Consultative Committees, whose members are the national metrology laboratories of the signatory States, and through its own laboratory work.
The BIPM carries out measurement-related research. It takes part in, and organizes, international comparisons of national measurement standards, and it carries out calibrations for Member States.