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gold stan·dard

the term criterion standard is preferred in medical writing.
Term used to describe a method or procedure that is widely recognized as the best available.
[jargon]
Any standardised clinical assessment, method, procedure, intervention or measurement of known validity and reliability which is generally taken to be the best available, against which new tests or results and protocols are compared

gold standard

Criterion standard The best or most successful diagnostic or therapeutic modality for a condition, against which new tests or results and protocols are compared. See Standard of practice, Practice guidelines.

gold stan·dard

(gōld stan'dărd)
Jargonistic term meaning ideal or basic measurement; usage best avoided.
[jargon]
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The second monetary institution to appear was the Federal Reserve System in 1913, just as the gold standard system looked enduring and stable.
We have plenty of case studies to learn from, starting with the gold standard systems of Germany and Australia to Singapore, China, India, Philippines, Malaysia and many others.