Have you participated in the development of test methods?
Have any of them used a term such as “ calibration material ”, “ reference substance ”, or “quality control material ” ?
Then you have already come across what are formally called “ Reference Materials ”.
As technology and trade advance, the need for reliable and accurate measurement results acceptable to (inter)national producers, customers and regulators increases. This in turn requires traceable materials for use in the calibration and validation of measurement methods. These are the so- called “ reference materials ”. They are essential instruments for quality assurance when confidence and reliability of measurement data is important and where a laboratory’s competence needs to be demonstrated.
ISO’s committee on reference materials is REMCO. It has the responsibility to encourage the international harmonization and promotion of reference materi-als, their production, and their application. REMCO’s duties therefore include :
• Establishing definitions, categories, and performance characteristics of reference materials for use by ISO.
• Preparing guidelines for technical committees for making reference to reference materials in ISO documents.
So, if your committee is working on a test method and you want to make sure it adopts best practice regarding reference materials for calibration, validation and performance control, then you should consult REMCO and their documents : www.iso.org/remco
ISO/REMCO is the ISO Committee on Reference Materials that carries out and encourages a broad international effort for the harmonization and promotion of reference materials, their production and their application. Its vision is to be the global centre of excellence with respect to issues relating to reference materials.
The Committee, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, has so far developed six ISO Guides and has contributed to symposia, workshops and congresses. ISO/REMCO activities focus on procedures for the production and use of reference materials. To fulfil this mandate, ISO/REMCO interacts with both stakeholders and clients.
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