\u00a0The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Division of Standards announce the theme for this year\u2019s Weights and Measures Week is Tradition and Technology Drive U.S. Standards for Trade.\n\nRecognizing the need for uniformity and accuracy in standards for commerce, President John Adams signed in 1799 the first legislative act passed by Congress related to weights and measures on March 2nd\u00a0of that year. With continuous developments in technology, Massachusetts consumers past and present have been able to enjoy confidence in accurate measurements.\n\n\u201cMore precise equipment is steadily being introduced into industry,\u201d said Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Undersecretary John Chapman. \u201cFrom familiar measuring devices such as a grocery scale and gas pumps, to the adoption of new technical standards utilized in alternative fueling systems, weights and measures continue to evolve to meet the challenges of tomorrow\u2019s technology and ensure consumers are still getting what they pay for.\u201d\n\nThe primary mission of the Division of Standards is to provide uniformity in the marketplace by enforcing standard accuracy requirements for commercial devices used in the weighing or measuring of any item sold by weight, measure or count. The Division also regulates the licensing of hawkers and peddlers, auctioneers, retailers of oil and motor fuel, transient vendors and motor vehicle damage repair shops, and event promoters. National Weights and Measures Week calls attention to the combined efforts of the Division, local inspectors, the National Conference on Weights and Measures, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in regulating commerce.