Napm And Its Role In Optical Standards

Robert E. Parks

I'm often asked: "What is NAPM and what do they have to do with optical standards?" NAPM—the National Association of Photographic Manufacturers—is an industrial trade association of manufacturers that make products related to photography and imaging technology. One of NAPM's original functions was to act as the administrative body for the domestic and international writing of standards related to photography and the various commercial products used in photography. In this role, NAPM served as the ANSI administrative secretariat for the ANSI PH Committee for photography and as the ISO Secretariat for ISO/TC42 Photography.

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