The Role of Standards Development within a Quality Infrastructure Framework

March 25, 2021

3pm EST

Join the Women in Standards for a discussion of Quality Infrastructure (QI), it’s components and purpose and the role standards development plays.

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Quality Infrastructure (QI) is applied in countries around the world to reduce costs of trade, achieve policy objectives, and ensure sustainable economic growth.

March 2021 webinar on quality infrastructure

During this presentation, our speaker will be providing an overview of Quality Infrastructure (QI), it’s components and purpose and the role standards development plays. Attendees will gain an understanding of QI, be able to describe its components, and the role standards development plays within its framework.

Presented by Warren Merkel, Leader of the Standards Services Group, Standards Coordination Officer, NIST

Date: March 25, 2021

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $35 (*Free for Women in Standards Pro & SDO Members, click here to register)

Location: Zoom meeting, meeting details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

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Warren Merkel


Warren Merkel

Leader of the Standards Services Group

Standards Coordination Officer, NIST

Warren Merkel serves as Leader of the Standards Services Group in the Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA. Programs under his responsibility include engagement with government agencies on standards and conformity assessment issues, and operation of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Inquiry Point for the United States. Mr. Merkel also served as co-convener of ISO/CASCO Working Group 44 on the revision of ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Merkel was Chief of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) at NIST from 2003 to 2006. After leaving NIST for six years to teach chemistry, he returned to serve as Chief of NVLAP from 2012 to 2015.

From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Merkel was employed by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), most recently as Technical Manager. From 1992 to 1996, he worked as an Investigative Chemist in the Defense Logistics Agency Analytical Product Testing Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Mr. Merkel holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Temple University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bloomsburg University.

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