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ASTM D6607-21

Standard Practice for Inclusion of Precision Statement Variation in Specification Limits

Standard Practice for Inclusion of Precision Statement Variation in Specification Limits D6607-21 ASTM|D6607-21|en-US Standard Practice for Inclusion of Precision Statement Variation in Specification Limits Standard new BOS Vol. 04.03 Committee D04
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Significance and Use

4.1 Each test method has a limited precision. Even if a test is performed as carefully and as correctly as possible on a material which is as homogeneous as can be obtained, the test will still vary from one to another. A widely used measure of the variation of the test results from a test method is the standard deviation (σ). In an ASTM standard test method, the standard deviation of the test method can be found in the Precision and Bias statement for the test. The “Blue Book,” Form and Style for ASTM Standards, requires that all test methods include Precision and Bias statements. Practices C670 and C802 provide guidance for determination of these values.

4.2 If the precision of a test method is low and the precision of the test has not been properly considered in a material specification, a uniform material with the right quality may still be rejected most of the time because of the wide variation of the test results. In order to have rational specification limits, the precision of the test used should be properly included in a specification.

4.3 This practice provides a guideline for proper inclusion of precision of the test method in a rational specification.


1.1 This practice covers a method of determining rational specification limits by inclusion of the precision of the test method used in the specification.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.3 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D04.94
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D6607-21
ICS Code: 19.020