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PART 200-POLICIES, SERVICES,
PROCEDURES, AND FEES
Sec. 200.100 Statutory functions. 200.101 Measurement research. 200.102 Types of calibration and test serv
ices. 200.103 Consulting and advisory services. 200.104 Standard reference materials. 200.105 Standard reference data. 200.106 Publications. 200.107 WWV-WWVH-WWVB broadcasts. 200.108 Request procedure. 200.109 Shipping, insurance, and risk of loss. 200.110 Priorities and time of completion. 200.111 Witnessing of operations. 200.112 Reports. 200.113 Use of results or reports. 200.114 Fees and bills. 200.115 Description of services and list of
fees, incorporation by reference. AUTHORITY: Sec. 9, 31 Stat. 1450, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 277. Interprets or applies sec. 7, 31 Stat. 1450; 15 U.S.C. 275a.
SOURCE: 45 FR 55166, Aug. 19, 1980, unless otherwise noted.
EDITORIAL NOTE: Nomenclature changes to part 200 appear at 55 FR 38315, Sept. 18, 1990.
ment departments and independent establishments.
(4) Cooperation with other governmental agencies and with private organizations in the establishment of standard practices, incorporated in codes and specifications.
(5) Advisory service to Government agencies on scientific and technical problems.
(6) Invention and development of devices to serve special needs of the Government.
(b) The calibration and testing activities of NIST stem from the functions in paragraphs (a) (1) and (3) of this section. NIST provides the central basis within the United States for a complete and consistent system of measurement; coordinates that system, and the measurement systems of other nations; and furnishes essential services leading to accurate and uniform physical measurements throughout this Nation's scientific community, industry, and commerce.
(c) The provision of standard reference materials for sale to the public is assigned to the Office of Standard Reference Materials of the National Measurement Laboratory, NIST. That Office evaluates the requirements of science and industry for carefully characterized reference materials, stimulates efforts of NIST to develop methods for production of needed reference materials and directs their production and distribution. For further information on standard reference materials see Subchapter B, Chapter II, Part 230, of this title.
3 200.100 Statutory functions.
(a) The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) has been assigned the following functions (15 U.S.C. 271 et seq.):
(1) The custody, maintenance, and development of the national standards of measurement, and the provision of means and methods for making measurements consistent with those standards, including the comparison of standards used in scientific investigations, engineering, manufacturing, commerce, and educational institutions with the standards adopted or recognized by the Government.
(2) The determination of physical constants and properties of materials when such data are of great importance to scientific or manufacturing interests and are not to be obtained with sufficient accuracy elsewhere.
(3) The development of methods for testing materials, mechanisms, and structures, and the testing of materials, supplies, and equipment, including items purchased for use of Govern
8 200.101 Measurement research.
(a) The NIST staff continually reviews the advances in science and the trends in technology, examines the measurement potentialities of newly discovered physical phenomena, and uses these to devise and improve standards, measuring devices, and measurement techniques. As new requirements appear, there are continual shifts of program emphasis to meet the most urgent needs for the measurement of additional quantities, extended ranges, or improved accuracies.
(b) The basic research and development activities of NIST are primarily funded by direct appropriations, and are aimed at meeting broad general needs. NIST may also undertake investigations or developments to meet some specialized physical measurement problem of another Government agency, industrial group, or manufacturing firm, using funds supplied by the requesting organization.
8200.102 Types of calibration and test
services. (a) NIST has developed instrumentation and techniques for realizing standards for the seven base units of the International System of Units, as agreed upon by the General Conference of Weights and Measures. Reference standards have been established not only for these seven base units, but also for many derived quantities and their multiples and submultiples. Such reference standards, or equivalent working standards, are used to calibrate laboratory and plant standards for other organizations. Accuracy is maintained by stability checks, by comparison with the standards of other national and international laboratories, and by the exploration of alternative techniques as a means of reducing possible systematic error.
(b) Calibrations for many types of instruments and ranges of physical quantities are described in the NIST Special Publication 250 (SP 250). (See $200.115 for details relating to the description of service items and listing of fees.)
(c) In recent years NIST has offered to the public new measurement services called measurement assurance programs. These programs are designed for laboratories whose measurement process involves the calibration of other standards. A measurement assurance program is a measurement quality control process. By use of carefully designed redundant measurements and measurements made on NIST transport standards a total uncertainty of the laboratories measurement process can be determined by NIST. The results of these tests are then reported to the customer as uncertainties of the customer's measurements relative to national standards.
(d) Special measurements not listed in SP 250 may be made upon request. These might involve unusual physical quantities, upper or lower extremes of range, higher levels of accuracy, fast response speeds, short durations, broader ranges of associated parameters, or special environmental conditions. Such inquiries should describe clearly the measurement desired. Indication of the scientific or economic basis for the requirements to be satisfied will be helpful in determining future NIST programs. Fees for work accepted will be based upon actual costs incurred.
(e) The principal emphasis of NIST is on those calibrations and other tests requiring such accuracy as can be obtained only by direct comparison with its standards.
(f) Other services which may be obtained include:
(1) Tests of measuring instruments to determine compliance with specifications or claims, when the evaluation is critical in national scientific or technical operations, and when suitable facilities are not available elsewhere; and
(2) Referee tests in important cases when clients are unable to agree upon the method of measurement, the results of tests, or the interpretation of these results, but have agreed in advance in writing to accept and abide by the findings of NIST.
(g) NIST reserves the right to decline any request for services if the work would interfere with other activities deemed by the Director to be of greater importance. In general, measurement services are not provided when available from commercial laboratories.
(h) Suggestions will be offered on measurement techniques and on other sources of assistance on calibration or measurement problems when the equipment and personnel of NIST are unable to undertake the work. The National Conference of Standards Laboratories issues a Directory of Standards Laboratories in the United States which perform calibration work (obtainable from NCSL Secretariat, c/o National Institute of Standards & Technology, Boulder, CO 80303). Those laboratories which perform testing are
listed in the ASTM Directory of Test- ured. For information regarding careing Laboratories, Commercial and In- fully characterized materials see Substitutional. (Directory available from chapter B, Chapter II, Part 230, of this the Amercian Society for Testing and title. The Office of Standard Reference Materials, 1916 Race Street, Philadel- Materials in the NIST National Measphia, PA 19103.) Similar listings appear urement Laboratory administers a proin buyer's guides for commercial prod- gram to provide many types of wellucts and in technical journals con- characterized materials that are needcerned with physical measurement. ed to calibrate a measurement system
or to produce scientific data that can $200.103 Consulting and advisory be readily referred to a common base. services.
NIST SP 260 is a catalog of Standard (a) In areas of its special competence,
Reference Materials available from NIST offers consulting and advisory
NIST. services on various problems related to measurement, e.g., details of design
8200.106 Standard reference data. and construction, operational aspects, Data on the physical and chemical unusual or extreme conditions, meth- properties of the large variety of subods of statistical control of the meas- stances used in science and technology urement process, automated acquisi- need to be compiled and evaluated for tion of laboratory data, and data re- application in research, development, duction and analysis by computer. engineering design, and commerce. The Brief consultation may be obtained at Office of Standard Reference Data no charge; the fee for extended effort (OSRD) in the NIST National Measurewill be based upon actual costs in- ment Laboratory provides coordination curred. The services outlined in this of and access to a number of governparagraph do not include services in mental and nongovernmental data cenconnection with legal proceedings not ters throughout this country and the involving the United States as a named world which are responsive to user party, nor to testimony or the produc- needs for data. The OSRD's present tion of data, information, or records in program is assembled under a series of such legal proceedings which is gov- tasks which include data for applicaerned by the policies and procedures tion
energy, environment and set forth in Subchapter H, Chapter II, health, industrial process design, matePart 275, of this title.
rials durability, and resource recovery. (b) To enhance the competence of The subject data are disseminated as standards laboratory personnel, NIST hard-copy information in the Journal conducts at irregular intervals several of Physical and Chemical Reference group seminars on the precision meas- Data, published jointly with the Amerurement of specific types of physical ican Chemical Society and the Amerquantities, offering the opportunity of ican Institute of Physics, in the Nalaboratory observation and informal tional Standard Reference Data Sysdiscussion. A brochure describing the tem reports as the NSRDS-NIST series, current series of seminars can be ob- and as NIST special reports. Magnetic tained by writing the Office of Meas- tapes of data on selected topics are also urement Services, National Institute of issued through the OSRD and the NaStandards & Technology, Washington, tional Technical Information Service. DC 234.
A newsletter, "Reference Data Re
port,” is issued bimonthly describing 8200.104 Standard reference mate
current activities. Information conrials.
cerning the bove is available upon reOften the performance of a device or quest from the OSRD. structure can be evaluated at the user's laboratory by comparing its re
$200.106 Publications. sponse to unknown materials with its Publications provide the primary response to a stable, homogeneous ref- means of communicating the results of erence specimen which has been well- the NIST programs and services to its characterized with regard to the phys- varied technical audiences, as well as ical or chemical property being meas- to the general public. NIST issues some
microfiche versions of NIST Interagency Reports.
fifteen categories of publications including three periodicals, ten non-periodicals series, interagency reports, and papers in the journals and books of professional organizations, technological associations, and commercial publications. The calibration services, standard reference materials and related measurement services along with changes and fees are published in two Special Publications (SP's) and their supplements. These are SP 250 “Calibration and Related Measurement Services of the National Institute of Standards & Technology”'i and SP 260 “NIST Standard Reference Materials Catalog.”1A complete catalog of all publications by NIST authors is issued annually as a supplement to SP 305 "Publications of the National Institute of Standards & Technology.” Announcements and listings of recent NIST publications and services are published in each issue of the bimonthly “NIST Journal of Research”2 and the NIST monthly magazine, “Dimensions/NIST”2. Complete citations to NIST publications, along with information on availability are published bimonthly in the “NIST Publications Newsletter", available free from the Technical Information and Publications Division, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC 20234. NIST publications are also announced (with abstracts) in “Government Reports Announcements and Index” published every two weeks by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, Virginia 22161 3. NTIS also sells microfiche copies of all NIST GPO-published documents, as well as paper copy and
8200.107 WWV-WWVH-WWVB broad
casts. (a) Technical services. The NIST radio stations WWV at Fort Collins, Colorado, and WWVH on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, broadcast a number of technical services continuously night and day. These services are:
(1) Standard radio frequencies, 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20, MHz (WWV) and 2.5, 5, 10, and 15 MHz (WWVH); (2) standard time signals; (3) time intervals; (4) UTI corrections; (5) standard audio frequencies; (6) standard musical pitch; (7) a slow time code; (8) Omega Navigation System status reports; (9) geophysical alerts; and (10) marine storm warnings. NIST also broadcasts time and frequency signals from its low frequency station, WWVB, also located at Fort Collins, Colorado.
(b) Time announcements. Once per minute voice announcements are made from WWV and WWVH. The two stations are distinguished by a female voice from WWVH and a male voice from WWV. The WWVH announcement occurs first, at 15 seconds before the minute, while the WWV announcement occurs at 74/2 seconds before the minute. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is used in these announcements.
(c) Time corrections. The UTC time scale operates on atomic frequency, but by means of step adjustments is made to approximate the astronomical UTI scale. It may disagree from UTI by as much as 0.9 second before step adjustments of exactly 1 second made. These adjustments, or leap seconds are required about once per year and will usually be made on December 31 or June 30. For those who need astronomical time more accurately than 0.9 second, a correction to UTC is encoded by the use of double ticks after the start of each minute. The first through the eighth seconds ticks will indicate a “plus” correction, and from the ninth through the 16th a "minus" correction. The correction is determined by counting the number of double ticks. For example, if the first, second, and third ticks are doubled, the correction is "plus" 0.3 second. If the
1 Single copies available free from the National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC 20234.
2 For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, for a subscription price. The annual subscription price for the NIST Journal of Research on the date of the publication of these regulations is $13.00 and for Dimensions/NIST it is $11.00. Prices, however, for these publications are subject to change without notice.
3 The annual subscription rate at the date of the publication of these regulations for this service is $275.00, North American Continent, $375.00 all others.
ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th ticks are System is a very low frequency (VLF) doubled, the correction is "minus" 0.4 radio navigation aid operating in the 10 second.
to 14 kHz frequency band. Eight sta(d) Standard time intervals. An audio tions are in operation around the pulse (5 cycles of 1000 Hz on WWV and world. Omega, like other radio naviga6 cycles of 1200 Hz on WWVH), resem- tion systems, is subject to signal degbling the ticking of a clock, occurs radation caused by ionospheric disturbeach second of the minute except on ances at high latitudes. The Omega anthe 29th and 59th seconds. Each of nouncements on WWV and WWVH are these 5-millisecond second pulses occur given to provide users with immediate within a 40-millisecond period, wherein notification of such events and other all other modulation (voice or tone) is information on the status of the Omega removed from the carrier. These pulses system. begin 10 milliseconds after the modula- (i) Geophysical alerts. These occur in tion interruption. A long pulse (0.8 sec- voice at the 18th minute of each hour ond) marks the beginning of each from WWV. They point out outstanding minute.
events which are in process, followed (e) Standard frequencies. All carrier by a summary of selected solar and and audio frequencies occur at their geophysical events in the past 24 hours nominal values according to the Inter- and a forecast for the next 24 hours. national System of Units (SI). For peri- They are provided by the Space Enviods of 45-second duration, either 500-Hz ronment Laboratory, National Oceanic or 600-Hz audio tones are broadcast in and Atmospheric Administration, alternate minutes during most of each Boulder, CO 80303. hour. A 440-Hz tone, the musical pitch (j) Marine storm information. Weather A above middle C, is broadcast once per information about major storms in the hour near the beginning of the hour. Atlantic and eastern North Pacific are
(f) Accuracy and stability. The time broadcast in voice from WWV at 8, 9, and frequency broadcasts are con- and 10 minutes after each hour. Similar trolled by the NIST atomic frequency storm warnings covering the eastern standards, which realize the inter- and central North Pacific are given nationally defined cesium resonance from WWVH at 48, 49, and 50 minutes frequency with an accuracy of 1 part in after each hour. An additional segment 1013. The frequencies transmitted by (at 11 minutes after the hour on WWV WWV and WWVH are held stable to and at 51 minutes on WWVH) may be better than +2 parts in 1011 at all times. used when there are unusually wideDeviations at WWV are normally less spread storm conditions. The brief mesthan 1 part in 10 12 from day to day. In- sages are designed to tell mariners of cremental frequency adjustments not storm threats in their areas. If there exceeding 1 part in 10 12 are made at are no warnings in the designated WWV and WWVH
necessary. areas, the broadcasts will so indicate. Changes in the propagation medium The ocean areas involved are those for (causing Doppler effect, diurnal shifts, which the U.S. has warning responsietc.) result in fluctuations in the car- bility under international agreement. rier frequencies as received which may The regular times of issue by the Nabe very much greater than the uncer- tional Weather Service are 0500, 1100, tainties described above.
1700, and 2300 UTC for WWV and 0000, (g) Slow time code. A modified IRIG H 0600, 1200, and 1800 UTC for WWVH. time code occurs continuously on a 100- These broadcasts are updated effective Hz subcarrier. The format is 1 pulse per with the next scheduled announcement second with a 1-minute time frame. It following the time of issue. gives day of the year, hours, and min- (k) “Silent” periods. These are periods utes in binary coded decimal form. with no tone modulation during which
(h) Omega announcements. Omega the carrier, seconds ticks, minute time Navigation System status reports are announcements, and 100 Hz modified broadcast in voice from WWV at 16 IRIG H time code continue. They occur minutes after the hour and from during the 16th through the 20th WWVH at 47 minutes after the hour. minute on WWVH and the 46th through The international Omega Navigation the 51st minute on WWV.