Title: Cooperation in publicly funded reference material production
Citation: ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE vol. 23 no. 6 p. 371-377
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC112319
ISSN: 0949-1775 (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC112319
DOI: 10.1007/s00769-018-1349-1
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The meeting was organized by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, and held at the JRC-Geel site on 22-23 February, 2018. It was a follow-up of a similar meeting held in 2009. The objective of the meeting was to exchange information about ongoing publicly funded reference material (RM) production, identify areas of interest for future specific RMs, including Certified Reference Material (CRM) developments, investigate potential areas of collaboration, and to identify areas which may be of a lower importance in the future for a specific RM-producer. The benefit of exchanging such information is to avoid duplication of efforts in RM production, make better use of public funds by potentially matching competencies, and to address problems that are common to publicly funded RM-producers. Attendees included representatives of the following organisations: Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM), Germany; IAEA Environment Laboratories , Monaco; the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Belgium (formerly IRMM); the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), South Korea; LGC, United Kingdom, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), USA; the National Measurement Institute of Australia (NMIA), Australia; the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA), South Africa; and the National Research Council Canada (NRCC), Canada. Attendees participated physically or via videoconference. In preparation for the meeting, each participating organisation provided a list of current and planned projects. During the meeting itself, each institution presented its main fields of activity and offered additional information on its RM programme as required. Discussions not only addressed detailed technical questions but also dealt with questions on policy and legal status. Additional meetings like this can help to assist in the overall prioritisation of RM production internationally. This meeting report discusses the drivers and approaches taken by publicly funded RM-producers, and analyses the areas of RM development currently being covered. A view of current areas of activity of the publicly funded RM-producers is provided and a summary of some future trends is given.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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