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A National Strategy for CBRNE Standards

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A National CBRNE Standards Strategy

Published by the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Homeland and National Security Subcommittee on Standards in May 2011.

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Homeland & National Security chartered the Subcommittee on Standards (SOS) to serve as an interagency forum to gather chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) Federal stakeholders. The goal of the SOS is to develop a National Strategy for CBRNE Standards.

The interagency group is co-chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

It includes participants from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

This strategy identifies lead activities to accomplish these high-level goals:

  • Establish an interagency group for CBRNE standards to promote the coordination of these standards among Federal, State, local, and tribal communities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of CBRNE equipment performance standards and promote the use of standards for Federal, State, local, and tribal communities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development and adoption of interoperability standards for CBRNE equipment.
  • Promote enduring CBRNE standard operating procedures for Federal, State, local, and tribal use to improve National preparedness and response.
  • Establish voluntary CBRNE training and certification standards for the Federal, State, local, and tribal communities and promote policies that foster their adoption.
  • Establish a CBRNE equipment test and evaluation (T&E) infrastructure and capability to support conformity assessment standards.

Access the document at White House OSTP: A National Strategy for CBRNE Standards (.pdf)

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