Title: Assessing Publically Financed Metrology Expenditure Against Economic Parameters
Authors: POPOSKI NikolaMAJCEN NinetaTAYLOR Philip
Citation: ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE vol. 14 no. 7 p. 359-368
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC49065
ISSN: 0949-1775
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/4h851v467h0n8825/fulltext.html
DOI: 10.1007/s00769-009-0538-3
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to provide an economic perspective to those involved in public financing of the national metrology infrastructure. Whereas justifications for subsidising the national metrological activities are often historically based, we raise the importance of economic considerations, which could be used during prioritisation. The expenditure in measurement and metrology infrastructure of European countries are compared to economic indicators for quality of life. Various proxies are used, such as measuring instruments sale (for measurement infrastructure) and data from the BIPM's KCDB (as a proxy for national standards). As the EU Internal Market also holds for the provision of metrological services, the paper exposes possible trends regarding public financing to the sector.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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