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European Reference Materials Initiative launched


A new European initiative aiming at harmonisation and further improvement of quality, reliability and performance in chemical analysis was launched by three major reference material producers: the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the European Commission"s Directorate General Joint Research Centre, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany, and the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC), UK.

The ERM® (European Reference Material) Initiative is aiming at

  • the creation of a European brand of certified reference materials (ERM®) of high metrological quality that receives world wide acceptance and recognition
  • contributing to the European Research Area (ERA), by joining forces for further developing specific competencies and co-ordinating resources of European certified reference material (CRM) producers.

Reference materials are a key to ensure reliability and comparability of the results of chemical analysis. They are a major tool for improving the confidence in, and the mutual recognition of test results and certificates in a global market of free exchange of goods and services. CRMs comply with high metrological requirements, ensuring traceability of measurement results, and in many cases form the end-point of the traceability chain, thus being primary standards in chemistry. ERM® are certified reference materials, which undergo uncompromising peer evaluation by the ERM Technical Board and offer highest quality and reliability. Harmonisation and increased reliability through joining efforts in CRM production and dissemination will significantly contribute to strengthen the European Internal Market.

The ANALYTICA Fair, which will take place 11-14 May 2004 in Munich, Germany, will be the place for the official launch of the initiative and a selected ERM® product range.

Quelle: Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)