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New Zealand benefits from being well informed about international developments in measurement particularly where they impact on trade.

Being an effective participant in international forums makes it possible to influence international decisions and to present a positive image of New Zealand’s measurement system.  There is a considerable vested interest to do this well as there is an estimated $800 million spent annually in New Zealand on measurement and much of that supports the international acceptance of our $30 billion of exports.

The continuing development of the SI is a major international research collaboration.  Individual metrologists in MSL contribute widely as members of international professional organisations, conference committees and as research collaborators.

Metre Convention

New Zealand is a member state of the Metre Convention, the intergovernmental treaty that is the basis of international agreement on units of measurement.  MSL is a member of four of the ten scientific Consultative Committees that advise on the development of the SI.  MSL is a signatory to an arrangement for the international mutual recognition of calibration certificates issued by NMIs known as the CIPM MRA .


MSL is a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) that brings together all the national metrology institutes in the region.  APMP offers many opportunities for collaboration and training and is also responsible for implementing many of the CIPM MRA processes.  APMP is recognised as a specialist regional body by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and works with the APEC Sub-Commitee on Standards and Conformance (PDF 321KB).

NCSL International

NCSL International promotes cooperative efforts for solving the common problems faced by measurement laboratories.  It has over 1500 member organisations from academic, scientific, industrial, commercial and government facilities around the world.  MSL has recently become a member to better understand how New Zealand industry might benefit from NCSL International.


MSL is a member of the Cooperation on International Traceability in Analytical Chemistry, an organisation focused on improving the international comparability of chemical measurement.

International Commission on Illumination

MSL represents New Zealand’s national committee on the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), a worldwide cooperation for the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, and image technology.

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