National Center for Standards and Certification Information

To serve as a standards information and conformity assessment center and referral service, by maintaining a reference collection of standards and specifications, regulations, certification rules, directories, reference books and special publications.

To respond to inquiries, develop and publish
lists, bibliographies, indexes, and directories of standards and related information, and to provide trade related regulations and certification information to U.S.

exporters and manufacturers.

To serve as U.S.

Inquiry Point for the WTO TBT Agreement, NAFTA, and ISONET.

To serve as U.S.

Notification Authority for the WTO TBT Agreement.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Program Accomplishments

Not applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Responds to the needs of government, industry, U. S. exporters, manufacturers, and the general public for information on domestic and foreign standards, regulations, certification procedures, and standards related activities.

Information on standards, collections, copyrights and lending restrictions are provided on site.

NCSCI does not analyze, evaluate, or interpret standards.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local government, private, public, profit organizations, nonprofit institutions and individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local government, private, public, profit organizations, nonprofit institutions and individuals will benefit.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Inquiry may be made by telephone, letter, fax, or e-mail to the National Center for Standards and Certification Information, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2160, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2160. Telephone: (301) 975-4040. Fax: (301) 926-1559. E-mail:

Award Procedures





National Bureau of Standards Organic Act, Public Law 56-177, as amended, 31 Stat. 1449, 15 U.S.C. 271 et seq; Trade Agreements Act of 1979, Public Law 96-39, 93 Stat. 299, 19 U.S.C. 2416.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.




Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Depends on the nature of the request. Response time for 90 percent of the inquiries ranges from immediate to several weeks. Trade related inquiries that depend on information from abroad may take longer for response.

Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification

13-0500-0-1-376; 13-4650-0-4-376.


(Operating expenses) FY 07 $700,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Published directories and indexes on standards related information. Publications are available from NCSCI, GPO, NTIS, or other designated private publishers.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dr. Carmina Londono; Telephone: (301) 975-2573 or Global Standards and Information Group, Standards Services Division, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2100. Telephone: (301) 975-4040. Fax: (301) 926-1559.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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