Standards Development

Since 1905, NCWM's primary function has been to develop the national standards for weights and measures. Prior to that, there was no uniformity among the various states, counties and cities for testing and approving weighing and measuring deivces used in commmerce. 

The standards adopted by NCWM are published in:

  • NIST Handbook 44:  Specifications, Tolerances and Other Technical Requirements of Commercial Weighing and Measuring Devices

Our ability to develop quality standards is dependent on volunteer participation of regulatory officials, technology experts, manufacturers and retailers of consumer products, federal advisory officials from NIST, and consumer interests.  The organization brings the right interests together to keep pace with innovative advancements in the marketplace.