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BIPM News:
Work by the NMIs to support the fight against COVID-19. A repository of actions The CIPM President has asked NMIs to share examples of how their work is supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The responses received are listed in a dedicated 'Metrology in the fight against Covid-19' repository. Impact of confinement measures in France on the BIPM site Following the plans announced by the French Government to progressively end its confinement measures, the BIPM site is opening again. Whilst many staff continue to work offsite and by telework, the number of staff active on the site is increasing.
Your contacts with BIPM staff continue through emails and telephone. World Metrology Day 2020: Measurements for global trade The theme for World Metrology Day in 2020 is Measurements for global trade. The theme raises awareness of the important role measurement plays in facilitating fair global trade - ensuring products meet standards and regulations, and satisfying customer quality expectations. Videos from the CIPM President and the BIPM Director are available. CCQM-NAWG launches comparison of SI-traceable RNA measurement procedures to support COVID-19 diagnostic testing The CCQM Working Group on Nucleic Acid Analysis (CCQM-NAWG) has launched a fast-tracked inter-laboratory study for SARS-CoV-2 genome measurement. The study (CCQM-P199.b), will focus on measuring key genes that are targeted by diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2, and uses materials developed in China and the UK. BIPM CBKT Programme extended to include remote-learning The BIPM CBKT Programme has been extended to include a "remote-learning" capability, which will provide online assistance to NMI/DI staff from Member States and Associates in their involvement in the CIPM MRA mechanisms. TÜBİTAK UME and BIPM extend Metrology for Safe Food and Feed CBKT activity to cover the measurement of veterinary drug residues in food The BIPM and TÜBİTAK UME have signed a collaborative agreement to extend the BIPM Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) activity on "Metrology for Safe Food and Feed" to include the measurement of veterinary drug residues in food with activities planned on tetracycline materials. CITAC Best Paper Award 2019 for review of pure peptide/protein methods Scientists from NMIs and the BIPM working within the Protein Analysis Working Group (PAWG) of the CCQM have been awarded a CITAC Best Paper Award 2019, for their publication on 'Establishment of measurement traceability for peptide and protein quantification through rigorous purity assessment - a review'.

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The BIPM's mission and role:

  • Our vision is to be universally recognized as the world focus for the international system of measurement.

  • Our mission is to work with the NMIs of our Member States, the RMOs and strategic partners world-wide and to use the BIPM's international and impartial status to promote and advance the global comparability of measurements.