Frequently Asked Questions


   1- What is World Metrology Day?

World Metrology Day celebrates the signature by representatives of seventeen nations of The Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention - the worldwide uniformity of measurement - remains as important today, in 2018, as it was in 1875.

   2- Who may use the WMD poster and related material?

The WMD poster may be used for non-commercial purposes only by any organization having an interest in metrology, notably:

  • intergovernmental, international, regional or national organizations; and
  • public, private, non-profit and academic organizations.

Note: Commercial companies must contact the WMD Team to obtain authorization and conditions prior to using or adapting the WMD material. Please also refer to the information on copyright.

   3- What can I download from the 2018 WMD web site?

You may download the WMD poster at no charge in PDF format suitable for printing in A1, A3 and A4 sizes. The poster is also available in Adobe PhotoShop format. You are responsible for printing your promotional material.

You may also download the Press Release prepared by the WMD Team, as well as the messages from the BIPM and BIML Directors.

   4- Can I change anything in the promotional material?

You may translate all the text (including the slogan) and replace the METAS logo with your logo on the top right of the poster (subject to the conditions defined on the Copyright Page). If in doubt, please contact the WMD team. The translation should be a faithful translation of the official text.

You may translate the texts of the Press release and the Directors' messages, but a reference must be made to the original text (e.g. the web page address) and a disclaimer added noting that the translations were not reviewed by the WMD Team. The translation should be a faithful translation of the official text.

If you wish us to make the file(s) of your poster available on this web site, please contact the WMD Team. Please note that we will only make available files that are of equivalent quality to the French and English official versions.

You may not change the poster in any other way that might affect its message and meaning. The photos and the BIPM and OIML logos may also not be changed.

   5- In what languages is the poster available?

The official version of the WMD poster, the Press Release and the Directors' messages are available in French and English. Additional (non official) language versions may already be available, if they have been provided to the WMD Team.

   6- What if the WMD material is not available in my language?

Please see FAQ #4.