ASTM WK69027

    New Practice for Contents of Documentation and Statistical Treatments for Reference Materials for Metals, Ores and Related Materials

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E01.22 | Committee E01 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    This Practice is designed to help reference material (RM) producers prepare clear and concise documentation to accompany an RM or a certified reference material (CRM). It lists and explains mandatory, recommended and optional information to be used in preparation of certificates of analysis for CRMs and product information documents for RMs. This Practice contains the minimum requirements for a label attached to the CRM/RM unit or unit container and to the package containing the unit or unit container. This practice provides guidance for calculation of consensus values and uncertainty estimates for certified reference materials and reference materials with examples of approaches commonly used by national metrology institutes.


    certified reference materials, reference materials, certificate of analysis, consensus calculation, uncertainty estimate, quality system, validation, traceability, chemical metrology, metals, alloys, ores, minerals, concentrates


    The metals and mining industries need their own, specific practices and guidance for development and value assignment of reference materials, because ISO 17034 and the Guide 30 series do not provide detailed procedures to enable reference materials producers, who support these industries, to develop and market RMs that are of sufficiently high quality to meet industry needs for test method validation. Numerous RM products do not provide the information needed, and the approaches taken by RM producers to documentation are diverging at an increasing rate. Many certificates of analysis contain confusing and even incorrect language and information. Reference material producer members of Committee E01 support this activity. They will use the practice to improve their products and associated documentation. Industry laboratories will get better values and uncertainty estimates to improve the accuracy of test methods. They will also get more consistent language and definitions for the contents of Rm documents. Quality system accreditation activities will become more consistent and better targeted to chemical metrology, saving everyone time and money.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    John Sieber

    Draft Under Development