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World Metrology Day 2021

20 May 2021
World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations.

World Metrology Day in 2021 comes at a time when the world is focussed on making a quick and effective recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The speed and severity with which the virus impacted people around the world at the beginning of 2020 forced governments to respond rapidly. Right from the beginning, new measurement requirements emerged, starting with the need for large-scale testing for the presence of the virus and the performance of personal protective equipment. Subsequently, the development of vaccines has depended on accurate identification and measurement of complex protein and RNA molecules.

Was chosen the topic “Measurement for Health” for World Metrology Day this year to draw attention to the importance of measurement to support the protection of health. It comes at a time when the experience and capabilities invested in metrology organisations around the world have been turned at short notice to address new national health challenges.

To celebrate this date, INRiM – The National Metrology Institute, organized some events focused on the 2021 topic, health, during which will be presented its research activity in this field. Even more this year, metrology, as fundamental pillar of Quality Infrastructure,  plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, in industrial production and in improving the quality of life.

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