Resolution 5 of the 22nd CGPM (2003)

Report on evolving needs for metrology in trade, industry and society, and the role of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures

The 22nd General Conference,


  • Resolution 11 of the 20th General Conference, which recommended to the International Committee that it study the long-term needs relating to metrology,
  • Resolution 1 of the 21st General Conference, which noted the Report to the General Conference on long-term needs relating to metrology,
  • the new Report adopted by the International Committee in October 2002,


  • the content of the new Report,
  • its contribution to the identification of priorities within current activities and to the setting of new priorities,
  • its contribution to the decisions of the International Committee on the programme of future work at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM),

thanks the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the work of the International Committee, and

invites the International Committee

  • to continue to keep a careful watch on the increasing demands placed on the national metrology institutes and the BIPM as far as their current work in metrology is concerned and the additional activities generated by new needs in such areas as chemistry, biotechnology, medicine, the environment and food,
  • to report to the next General Conference on the adequacy of the response of the BIPM to meet these needs together with any financial and programme implications there may be in relation to the meeting of such international needs through the activities of the BIPM, and
  • if necessary, to update their 2002 Report.

DOI : 10.59161/CGPM2003RES5E

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

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