The Institute for Standardization and Metrology was established in 1962 in the North. The Department for Quality Control of Products and Merchandises was formed in 1971. Both were placed under the State Committee of Science and Technology.
In South Viet Nam, the standardization activities were discussed among the government leaders from 1966 and the National Institute for Standardization was set up in 1972 on the basis of the Standardization Law.
Since the end of the Viet Nam war (1975), the standardization activities have been reorganized and coordinated at State level throughout the country.
In 1979, the State Department for Standards, Metrology and Quality was established by merging the existing standardization, metrology and quality agencies and the Institute for Standardization. In early 1984, it was in turn reorganized into the General Department for Standards, Metrology and Quality.
Since 1995, the name of the General Department for Standards, Metrology and Quality in English has been changed to "Directorate for Standards and Quality" (TCVN), which is the Government Agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) having responsibility for advising the Government in the field of standardization, metrology and quality management and representing Viet Nam in international and regional organizations.
In 2006, the National Assembly of Viet Nam promulgated the Law on Standards and Technical Regulations and in 2007, the Law on Product and Goods Quality (and a draft Law on Metrology is being under preparation), which promote the development of standardization, metrology and quality control activities, in keeping with the Government's Renovation Policy.