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ASTM WK68380

New Guide for Standard guide to metrological traceability and its applicability

1. Scope

2.1 The scope of the committee is to promote the appropriate use of the principles and methods of statistics and quality control in the development, application and improvement of standards. The committee will:
2.1.1 Develop, produce and maintain standards for methods of statistics and quality control, including practices, guides, and terminology;
2.1.1 Coordinate with other ASTM committees and other organizations having common interests, including the review and harmonization of related standards where applicable;
2.1.2 Aid and advise ASTM technical committees, management, and staff in matters relating to statistics and quality;
2.1.3 Act in liaison with the Committee on Standards regarding all statistically related requirements in Form and Style.
2.1.4 Sponsor workshops, seminars, symposia, and publications on the use of methods of statistics and quality control in standards.


Metrological Traceability; International System of Units; Reference materials :


International vocabulary of metrology - Basic and general concepts and associated terms (VIM) defines metrological traceability as the property of a measurement result whereby the result can be related to a reference through a documented unbroken chain of calibrations, each contributing to the measurement uncertainty. Just the quantity without reference makes the quality virtually meaningless. The same as entering a grocery shop and requesting 7, the result would be a confused grocer ask 7 of what? Measurement units are the way for us to reference quantities and the relationships between quantities. Metrological traceability as a whole, is how we continually assure our understanding of measurement results relative globally accepted references. For some tests and measurements this understanding is important for example, in trade where payment is based on qualities or medical treatments where dosage is a critical factor. It is not the case for every measurement within testing. For example the evaluation of characteristics due to weathering. In these cases the uncertainty contributors related to measurement instruments are insignificant, when compared to the other contributing elements. This guide is necessary to assure that users make informed decisions related to metrological traceability.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: E11.50

Committee: E11

Staff Manager: Katerina Koperna

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 05-20-2019

Technical Contact: Andrew Oldershaw

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