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The Analytical Chemistry Division provides reference measurement methods and standards to enhance U.S. industry's productivity, assure equity in trade, and facilitate sound decision-making regarding human health, safety, and the environment.





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  • Conducts research in measurement science to enable NIST to address next generation standards and data needs and to underpin the development, implementation and/or assessment of new technologies.

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