Resolution 1 of the 21st CGPM (1999)

Long-term needs relating to metrology

The 21st Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures,


  • Resolution 11 of the 20th General Conference, which requested the International Committee to study and report on the long-term needs relating to metrology,
  • the study which was completed in 1997 after extensive international consultations,
  • the resultant report, entitled National and international needs relating to metrology: International collaborations and the role of the BIPM, which was sent by the International Committee in 1998 to the governments of the Member States,

welcomes the many decisions made by the International Committee as a consequence of the study and, in particular

  • the progressive broadening of the terms of reference of the Consultative Committees to cover the principal fields of metrology where collaboration between the national metrology institutes is important, not only in physics and engineering but also in other disciplines such as chemistry and biotechnology,
  • the strengthening of the role of the Consultative Committees and the admission of observers to their meetings to enable more Member States to participate,
  • the emphasis on evaluating and publishing the degree of equivalence of national measurement standards of the Member States and on the establishment of an associated mutual recognition arrangement of national measurement standards and of calibration and measurement certificates issued by national metrology institutes,
  • the introduction of periodic meetings with the directors of the national metrology institutes of the Member States,
  • the statement by the International Committee of the role of the BIPM in the early decades of the 21st century,
  • the increased collaboration of the BIPM with related international organizations, especially the regional metrology organizations, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and the Organisation Internationale de Métrologie Légale,
  • the considerable progress already made by the International Committee in implementing its decisions,

notes the discussion in the report of the International Committee of the long-term financial commitments required from the Member States,

thanks the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to the study and the report of the International Committee.

DOI : 10.59161/CGPM1999RES1E

The reader should note that the official version of this Resolution is the French text

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