National Conference on Weights and Measures 2022 Interim Meeting

CourtNational Institute Of Standards And Technology
Citation87 FR 754
Publication Date06 January 2022
Record Number2022-00036
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received a request to revise the name of
its Personal Body Armor LAP to the Law
Enforcement and Corrections
Equipment LAP in order to better
encompass the scope of this program.
NVLAP also received a request to
expand the technology tested under this
program to include rifle testing, helmet
testing and shield testing. On March 19,
2021, NIST published a notice in the
Federal Register (86 FR 14876)
requesting public comments on the
potential change of name and future
expansion of the accreditation program
to include rifle testing, helmet testing
and shield testing.
A response to this notice was
submitted from one entity, an
accreditation organization. The
comment submitted did not address the
specific items of the proposal. The
feedback from the organization related
specifically to future consideration of
the use of ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity
assessment—Requirements for bodies
certifying products, processes and
services in the NIJ CTP.
The following is a summary and
analysis of the comment received during
the public comment period, and NIST’s
response to it:
Comment: One commenter responded
that they encouraged the adoption of
ISO/IEC 17065 for the certification of
products in the NIJ CTP.
Response: The purpose of the NVLAP
LAP is to determine competence of a
laboratory performing the testing of the
law enforcement and corrections
equipment based on the requirements of
ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements
for the competence of testing and
calibration laboratories. The comment
encourages the further expansion of the
NIJ program to include accreditation of
certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17065.
As the comment is specific to the NIJ
CTP and its operation, this was deemed
outside of the scope of the NVLAP LAP.
After considering the request, the
Chief of NVLAP has determined that the
revision of the LAP name to Law
Enforcement and Corrections
Equipment better reflects the types of
testing that support the NIJ CTP and
will allow for future expansion of the
types of testing covered under this
accreditation program. Therefore, the
modification has been approved.
Revised NIST Handbook 150–24 is
available electronically from the NVLAP
website at: https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/
nistpubs/hb/2021/NIST.HB.150-24-
2021.pdf.
Authority: 15 U.S.C. 272(b) & (c).
Alicia Chambers,
NIST Executive Secretariat.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Institute of Standards and
Technology
National Conference on Weights and
Measures 2022 Interim Meeting
AGENCY
: National Institute of Standards
and Technology, Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The 2022 Interim Meeting of
the National Conference on Weights and
Measures (NCWM) will be held using a
virtual meeting platform and in-person
at the Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel,
Tampa Florida, from Sunday, January 9
through Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
This notice contains information about
significant items on the NCWM
Committee agendas but does not include
all agenda items. As a result, the items
are not consecutively numbered.
DATES
: The 2022 Interim Meeting will
be held from Sunday, January 9, through
Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The
meeting schedule will be available on
the NCWM website at www.ncwm.com.
ADDRESSES
: This meeting will be held
using a virtual meeting platform and in-
person at the Westin Tampa Waterside
Hotel, Tampa Florida.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Dr.
Katrice Lippa, NIST, Office of Weights
and Measures, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop
2600, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–2600.
You may also contact Dr. Lippa at (301)
975–3116 or by email at katrice.lippa@
nist.gov. The meeting is open to the
public, but a paid registration is
required. Please see the NCWM website
(www.ncwm.com) to view the meeting
agendas, registration forms, and hotel
reservation information.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Publication of this notice on the
NCWM’s behalf is undertaken as a
public service and does not itself
constitute an endorsement by the
National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) of the content of the
notice. NIST participates in the NCWM
as an NCWM member and pursuant to
15 U.S.C. 272(b)(10) and (c)(4) and in
accordance with Federal policy (e.g.,
OMB Circular A–119 ‘‘Federal
Participation in the Development and
Use of Voluntary Consensus
Standards’’).
The NCWM is an organization of
weights and measures officials of the
states, counties, and cities of the United
States, and representatives from the
private sector and federal regulatory
agencies. These meetings can bring
these government officials together with
representatives of business, industry,
trade associations, and consumer
organizations to discuss proposed laws
and regulations and other subjects
related to the field of weights and
measures technology, administration,
and enforcement. NIST hosted the first
meeting of the NCWM in 1905. Since
then, the conference has provided a
model of cooperation between Federal,
State, and local governments and the
private sector. NIST participates to
encourage cooperation between federal
agencies and the states in the
development of legal metrology
requirements. NIST also promotes
uniformity in state laws, regulations,
and testing procedures used in the
regulatory control of commercial
weighing and measuring devices,
packaged goods, and for other trade and
commerce issues.
The NCWM has established multiple
committees, task groups, and other
working bodies to address legal
metrology issues of interest to regulatory
officials, industry, consumers, and
others. The following are brief
descriptions of some of the significant
agenda items that will be considered by
some of the NCWM Committees at the
NCWM Interim Meeting. Comments will
be taken on these and other issues
during several public comment sessions.
At this stage, the items are proposals.
This meeting also includes work
sessions in which the Committees may
accept comments, and where
recommendations will be developed for
consideration and possible adoption at
the NCWM 2022, 107th Annual
Meeting. The Committees may
withdraw or carryover items that need
additional development.
These notices are intended to make
interested parties aware of these
development projects and to make them
aware that reports on the status of the
project will be given at the Interim
Meeting. The notices are also presented
to invite the participation of
manufacturers, experts, consumers,
users, and others who may be interested
in these efforts.
The following are brief descriptions of
some of the significant agenda items
that will be considered at the 2022
Interim Meeting. Comments will be
taken on these and other
recommendations to amend NIST
Handbook 44, ‘‘Specifications,
Tolerances, and other Technical
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Requirements for Weighing and
Measuring Devices’’ (NIST Handbook 44
or HB 44), NIST Handbook 130,
‘‘Uniform Laws and Regulations in the
areas of Legal Metrology and Fuel
Quality’’ (NIST Handbook 130 or HB
130), and NIST Handbook 133,
‘‘Checking the Net Contents of Packaged
Goods’’ (NIST Handbook 133 or HB
133). These NIST Handbooks are
regularly adopted by reference or
through the administrative procedures
of all the states.
NCWM S&T Committee (S&T 2022
Interim Meeting)
The Specifications and Tolerances
Committee (S&T Committee) will
consider proposed amendments to NIST
Handbook 44. Those items address
weighing and measuring devices used in
commercial applications, that is,
devices that are used to buy from or sell
to the public or used for determining the
quantity of products or services sold
among businesses.
Item Block 2 (B2): Define True Value for
Use in Error Calculations
BLK–2: (SCL–20.3, SCL–20.4, SCL–20.5,
SCL–20.6, SCL–20.7, and SCL–20.8)
The S&T Committee will further
consider a proposal that has been
designated as an ‘‘Informational’’ item
meaning that the committee wants to
allow more time for review by
stakeholders and possibly further
development to address concerns. This
‘‘block’’ proposal includes six
individual items related to the
application of NIST Handbook 44
requirements based on the values of a
scale’s verification scale division ‘‘e’’ or
the minimum scale division ‘‘d’’.
Adoption of this proposal would have a
significant impact on scales, particularly
in cases where the values of ‘‘e’’ and
‘‘d’’ are not equal.
Item Block 4 (B4): Electronically
Captured Tickets or Receipts
The S&T Committee will further
consider a proposal to allow for the
expanded use of electronically captured
tickets and receipts by amending NIST
HB 44 Sections 1.10. General, 3.30.
LMD, 3.31. VTM, 3.32. LPG, 3.34. CLM,
3.37. MFM, 3.38. CDL, 3.39. HGM, 3.35.
Milk Meters, and the definition of
‘‘recorded representation’’ in Appendix
D, Definitions. The committee amended
this carry-over block of items during the
2020 Interim Meeting based on
comments it received expressing a
continued need for printed tickets. As a
result, the proposal now references
NIST HB 44 paragraph G–S.5.6. in
various specific codes. At the 2021
NCWM Annual Meeting, the S&T
Committee designated this ‘‘block’’
proposal as ‘‘developing’’ for further
comment and consideration.
LMD—Liquid Measuring Devices
LMD–21.1: Table S.2.2. Categories of
Device Method of Sealing
The S&T Committee will further
consider a proposal to amend NIST HB
44 Section 3.30. Liquid-Measuring
Devices to permit the use of an
electronic log, in lieu of a printed copy
for devices with Category 3 sealing. The
current ‘‘Category 3’’ sealing
requirements in HB 44 Liquid-
Measuring Devices Code Section 3.30.
specify that a printed copy of an event
logger must be available on demand
through the device or through another
on-site device and that the information
may also be available electronically. The
new proposal would amend the
language in Table S.2.2. ‘‘Categories of
Device and Methods of Sealing’’ to
permit either a printed or electronic
form of the event logger be made
available. This item, LMD–21.1 was
previously a ‘‘block’’ item with LMD
20.1. Both items were similar proposals,
so the submitters of both items agreed
to withdraw LMD–20.1 and further
develop LMD 21.1. At the 2021 NCWM
Interim Meeting, the committee agreed
to withdraw item LMD–20.1 from the
previous block of items and designated
LMD–21.1 as a developing item so that
the submitters of both items could work
together to further develop item LMD–
21.1. At the 2021 NCWM Annual
Meeting the committee agreed to a
developing status for this item for
further comments and consideration.
VTM—Vehicle Tank Meters
VTM–18.1: S.3.1.1. Means for Clearing
the Discharge Hose and UR.2.6.
Clearing the Discharge Hose
The S&T Committee will further
consider this item, which proposes to
provide specifications and user
requirements for manifold flush systems
designed to eliminate product
contamination on VTMs used for
multiple products. This proposal would
add specifications on the design of
VTMs under S.3.1.1. ‘‘Means for
Clearing the Discharge Hose.’’ and add
a new user requirement UR.2.6.
‘‘Clearing the Discharge Hose.’’ During
open hearings of previous NCWM
meetings, comments were heard about
the design of any system to clear the
discharge hose of a product prior to the
delivery of a subsequent product which
could provide opportunities to
fraudulently use this type of system. At
the 2021 NCWM Annual Meeting the
committee agreed to keep this item
developing for further comments and
consideration.
EVF—Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems
EVF–20.1: S.1.3.2. EVSE Value of the
Smallest Unit
The S&T Committee will further
consider a proposal that would specify
the maximum value of the indicated
and/or recorded electrical energy unit
used in an EVSE (Electric Vehicle
Supply Equipment). This proposal
would reduce (by a factor of 10) the
current specified values of these units.
The current maximum values of 0.005
MJ and 0.001 kWh would be changed to
0.0005 MJ and 0.0001 kWh respectively.
The submitters contend that testing of
these systems would be expedited
through these changes and reduce the
amount of time necessary to complete
official tests. During the 2021 NCWM
Annual Meeting, additional changes
were proposed to the Electric Vehicle
Fueling System Code to add a new
paragraph S.1.3.X to address how the
value of the quantity unit shall be
expressed and at this meeting the
committee recommended a developing
status for this item for further comments
and consideration.
GMA—Grain Moisture Meters 5.56. (A)
GMA–19.1: Table T.2.1. Acceptance and
Maintenance Tolerances Air Oven
Method for All Grains and Oil Seeds
The S&T Committee will further
consider a proposal that would reduce
the tolerances for the air oven reference
method in the Grain Moisture Meter
Code. The proposed new tolerances
would apply to all types of grains and
oil seeds. This item is a carry-over
proposal from 2019 and would replace
the contents of Table T.2.1. with new
criteria. Additional inspection data will
be collected and reviewed to assess
whether or not the proposed changes to
the tolerances are appropriate. At the
2021 Annual Meeting the Committee
recommended a developing status for
this item to review the results of
additional data.
TMS/TNMS—Taxi Meters and
Transportation Network Measurement
Systems
Item BLOCK 3 (B3): Tolerances for
Distance Testing in Taximeters and
Transportation Network Systems.
The S&T Committee will further
consider changes included in this block
affecting the HB 44 Taximeters Code
(Section 5.54.) and the Transportation
Network Measurement Systems (TNMS)
Code (Section 5.60.) that would amend
the value of tolerances allowed for
distance tests. The changes proposed in
this item would change the Taximeters
Code requirement T.1.1. ‘‘On Distance
Tests’’ by increasing that tolerance to
2.5% when the test exceeds one mile.
The change to the TNMS Code affects
requirement T.1.1. ‘‘Distance Tests’’ by
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reducing the tolerance allowed on
overregistration under T.1.1.(a) from the
current 2.5% to 1% when the test does
not exceed one mile and would increase
the tolerance for underregistration in
T.1.1.(b) from 2.5% to 4%. These
changes if adopted would align the
tolerances values for distance tests
allowed for taximeters and TNMS. At
the 2021 NCWM Annual Meeting it was
noted that these items were being
discussed with the USNWG and the
Committee agreed to a developing status
for this item for further comment and
consideration.
NCWM L&R Committee
NIST Handbook 130 and NIST
Handbook 133
The following items are proposals for
NIST HB 130 Uniform Method of Sale
(MOS) and the Uniform Fuels and
Automotive Lubricants Regulation
(FLR):
Item Block 1 (B1)—
NIST HB 130, PAL–19.1. UPLR, Sec.
2.8. Multiunit Package. NET–19.2. NIST
HB 133 Modify ‘‘scope’’ for Chapters 2
through 4, add a note following Sections
2.3.7.1. and 2.7.3., NET–19.3. NIST HB
133 create a Chapter 5. Specialized Test
Procedures. The L&R Committee will
also be addressing a proposal to include
adoption of a test procedure for the total
quantity declaration on multiunit or
variety packages. In addition, in NIST
HB 130, Uniform Packaging and
Labeling Regulation, the proposal would
clarify Section 2.8. Multiunit.
Item MOS–22.4. Section 2.16.
Compressed or Liquefied Gasses in
Refillable Cylinders
The L&R Committee will consider a
proposal to modify the existing language
for the method of sale of Compressed or
Liquefied Gases in Refillable Cylinders.
The proposed amendments are being
considered so that current HB 130
requirements are not in conflict between
the tare weight and other labeling
requirements for compressed gas
cylinders in the Method of Sale of
Commodities Regulation and similar
Federal regulations published by the
U.S. DOT.
Item MOS–20.5 Section 2.21 Liquefied
Petroleum Gas
The L&R Committee will consider a
proposal to modify the existing language
for the method of sale of Liquefied
Petroleum Gas. Consider changes to the
existing language that references a value
of ‘‘15.6 °C’’ for temperature
determinations in metric units.
According to the current industry
practice for sales of petroleum products,
the reference temperature for sales in
metric are based on 15 °C rather than
the exact conversion from 60 °F (which
is 15.6 °C). Thus, the temperature
reference in metric should be 15 °C.
This will also add language for metered
sales with a maximum capacity equal to
or greater than 20 gal/min will have a
metering system that automatic
temperature compensates. For metering
system with a maximum capacity less
than 20 gal/min. Effective January 2030,
all metered sales, shall be accomplished
using a metering system that automatic
temperature compensates.
Item MOS 22.3. Section 2.4. Fireplace
and Stove Wood
The Committee will consider a
proposal to modify the language to
clarify the language as to how
compressed firewood bricks shall be
sold. This also clarifies the terms for
plural and singular representation for
the units.
Item 22.1. Uniform Regulation for E-
commerce Products
The L&R Committee will consider a
proposal to add a new regulation into
HB 130 for Uniform Labeling for E-
commerce for consumer commodities
and non-consumer commodities. This
regulation will provide guidance to
those state that adopt such a regulation.
It also provides for required information
that shall be provided when the product
is delivered. This regulation would also
lay out the terms that shall appear on an
e-commerce website.
Item Block 3 Cannabis
B3: PALS–22.1. Section XX. Cannabis
and Cannabis-Containing Products. The
Committee will consider a proposal to
establish definitions within HB 130
Packaging and Labeling Requirements
for Cannabis and Cannabis containing
products. In addition, PAL–22.2 Section
10.XX. Cannabis and Cannabis-
Containing Products. will establish
labeling requirements. B3: NET–22.1.
Section 1.XX. Cannabis and Cannabis-
Containing Products and 2.XX.
Cannabis and Cannabis-Containing
Products. provides for a 3% moisture
allowance for Cannabis containing more
than 0.3% total Delta-9 THC or
containing 0.3% less total Delta-9 THC
(hemp). B3: MOS–22.2. HB 130 Section
1.XX. and Section 2.XX. Cannabis and
Cannabis-Containing Products. The
Committee will consider a proposal to
amend these two sections to include
language for a method of sale for
Cannabis. Included within this proposal
is also a water activity limit of 0.6 ±
¥0.5, when unprocessed Cannabis is
sold or transferred.
Alicia Chambers,
NIST Executive Secretariat.
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