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Vol. 30 No. 5
September-October 2008

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Le VIM Nouveau Est Arrivé!

After 10 years in the making, the third edition of International Vocabulary of Basic and General Terms in Metrology (VIM) is now available. The VIM provides a set of definitions and associated terms, in English and French, for a system of basic and general concepts used in metrology, together with concept diagrams to demonstrate their relations. Additional information is given in the form of examples and notes under many definitions. This vocabulary is meant to be a common reference for scientists and engineers, as well as teachers and practitioners, involved in planning or performing measurements, irrespective of the level of measurement uncertainty and irrespective of the field of application. It is also meant to be a reference for governmental and inter-governmental bodies, trade associations, accreditation bodies, regulators, and professional societies.

This third edition has been approved and adopted by each of the eight Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM) member organizations: International Bureau of Weights and Measures, International Electrotechnical Commission, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, International Organization for Standardization, IUPAC, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, International Organization of Legal Metrology, and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.

This edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 1993. The full text of the VIM is available online at no charge.

www.bipm.org/en/publications/guides/vim.html


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