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Significance and Use
4.1 These guidelines are intended to enable a laboratory monitor to perform onsite assessments of laboratory facilities. Accepted facilities will then participate in an interlaboratory test protocol to establish precision and bias for a particular ASTM standard.
4.2 This assessment is intended to determine that all of the participants have the necessary equipment, an understanding of the test method, and the minimum level of skill necessary to gather data which are to be used to establish precision and bias for the particular standard.
4.3 This guide is not intended to be used as a tool to qualify or accredit laboratories to perform any tests. Refer to ISO/IEC 17025 and to the A2LA R101 Document for further guidance on accreditation requirements.
1.3 The subcommittee, which appoints the laboratory monitor, specifies the minimum requirements which an organization should meet to qualify as a participant for the interlaboratory test. If a pretest is to be included, see details in Section 13.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E176 Terminology of Fire Standards
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
E1537 Test Method for Fire Testing of Upholstered Furniture
E1822 Test Method for Fire Testing of Stacked Chairs
E2653 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine Precision Estimates for a Fire Test Method with Fewer Than Six Participating Laboratories
ISO StandardsISO/IEC17025 :2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
Other StandardA2LAR101 -General Requirements: Accreditation of ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratories (December 2011) Available from American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, 5301 Buckeytown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704; www.a21a.org
ICS Number Code 71.040.10 (Chemical laboratories. Laboratory equipment)
UNSPSC Code 41116203(Monitor or meter accessories)