Propose Change to NIST Handbook(s)

Form 15: Proposal to Amend Handbooks (2019)

Instructions On How to Submit a Proposal to Amend a NIST Handbook:

  1.  Complete Form 15: Proposal to Amend Handbooks.
  2.  Include all necessary research and documentation with form.
  3.  Submit form by August 15 to Don Onwiler (NCWM) via email at
  4.  If possible, attend the regional association meeting(s) for the association that your proposal has  been submitted to. This will allow you the opportunity to openly discuss your proposal with the  Committee members and other attendees.
  5.  Contact NCWM for assistance at (402) 434-4880.

What Happens Next?

If the regional association forwards your proposal to the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Standing Committees, it will be considered at the NCWM Interim meeting in January through open hearings and committee process. Standing Committees determine the status of agenda items for the NCWM Annual Meeting in July.  The status options are Voting, Informational, Assigned, Developing, and Withdrawn and are defined as follows:

  • Voting - the item will be scheduled for a vote at the NCWM Annual Meeting in July. 
  • Informational - the Committee believes the item has merit, but they want to continue gathering input to develop it further.
  • Assigned -  the item has merit and the committee has assigned it to a subcommittee or task group for further development.
  • Developing - the item is not developed enough for Committee consideration. The item will remain on the agenda in bulletin-board fashion, but the source of the item or another designated party will be charged with developing it, not the Committee.
  • Withdrawn - the item will not be addressed at the NCWM Annual Meeting, nor will it be carried over to the next year.

Agenda items from the NCWM Interim Meeting that are recommended to be moved forward by the Standing Committee are incorporated into the NCWM Annual Meeting Agenda in NCWM Publication 16. If the item is adopted by the Conference in July, it is published in the handbook and enforceable the following January 1.