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The 39th SC Meeting of VAMAS held in NIM

The 39th Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of VAMAS was held in May, 2014, hosted by National Institute of Metrology,China (NIM).



25 representatives from 10 SC member areas including China, the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Brazil, South Africa and Chinese Taipei attended the meeting. NIM Vice-director Song Wei addressed the opening ceremony.


The meeting firstly overviewed the works done by the 38th committee, reported the process in signing Memoranda of Understanding respectively with ISO and IEC. Then the attendants discussed about progress in current research projects among the Technical Working Areas (TWAs) and the initiation of new TWAs. At last, the committee reported its recent liaison with World Materials Research Institutes Forum (WMRIF), European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST), European Metrology Research Programmes (EMRP) and CODATA. The committee also announced the result of a recent meeting with CIPM.


VAMAS, abbreviated from Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS), mainly works to support world trade through international collaborative projects in the field of advanced materials by providing technical basis for harmonized measurements, testing, specifications and standards. At present, 16 countries and areas have been participating under the VAMAS frame. In 2013, NIM signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” with VAMAS to participate in representative of China. (chenhh@nim.ac.cn)