This document examines the development of a national strategy for CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) standards.
This document from the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Homeland and National Security, Subcommittee on Standards discusses the development of a national strategy for CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) standards. The primary purpose of a national strategy is to present the Federal Government's vision and goals towards achieving a comprehensive structure for coordination, establishment, and implementation of CBRNE equipment standards by the year 2020. These standards cover those necessary for evaluating equipment, interoperability, training of users, and standard operating procedures for response. The equipment covered by the national strategy is that used by Federal, State, local, and tribal responders for CBRNE detection, protection, and decontamination. The national strategy contains six goals, which are described in detail in this report. These goals are: 1) establish an interagency group for CBRNE standards to promote the coordination of these standards among Federal, State, local, and tribal communities; 2) coordinate and facilitate the development of CBRNE equipment performance standards and promote the use of standards for Federal, State, local, and tribal communities; 3) coordinate and facilitate the development and adoption of interoperability standards for CBRNE equipment; 4) promote enduring CBRNE standard operating procedures for Federal, State, local, and tribal use to improve National preparedness and response; 5) establish voluntary CBRNE training and certification standards for the Federal, State, local, and tribal communities and promote policies that foster their adoption; and 6) establish a CBRNE equipment test and evaluation (T&E) infrastructure and capability to support conformity assessment standards. Appendixes
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