The National Conference on
Weights and Measures (NCWM) will hold their annual meeting in St. Paul,
Minn., from July 11-15, 2010.
The theme of this year’s annual meeting is
“Breaking Molds to Shape the Future.” The agenda will include open
hearings, work sessions and technical presentations and culminate with
the voting session to address proposals to modify the United States
weights and measures requirements. Topics slated for the conference
include inkjet and printer cartridges, agricultural seed counts, pasta,
as well as a method of sale for hydrogen fuel.
Under U.S. law, each state or territory as
well as the District of Columbia and the Navajo Nation has the authority
to regulate weights and measures within their borders. The NCWM is a
voluntary organization of weights and measures regulatory officials,
manufacturers of measuring devices, industries and industry
associations, federal agency representatives and consumer advocates.
Together, they develop model laws and regulations for legal metrology in
the United States. The National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) supports the work of the NCWM by providing technical advice and
publishing NIST handbooks that are adopted into state law. Most states
and territories adopt these NIST handbooks in one form or another
through their legislature or by rule.
The event is open to the press and the
public. Contact NIST’s Weights and Measures Division, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 975-4004, with
To view the agenda, go to http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Publications/10-Pub16.cfm.
For more information and to register, see www.ncwm.net/content/2001-ncwm-annual-meeting.