Title: An Approach for More Precise Statements of Metrological Traceability on Reference Material Certificates
Authors: KOEBER RobertLINSINGER ThomasEMONS Hendrik
Citation: ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE vol. 15 no. 4 p. 255-262
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC54142
ISSN: 0949-1775
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/m7307601522747k2/
DOI: 10.1007/s00769-010-0644-2
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Metrological traceability of measurement results is a key requirement for the comparability of such data in time and space and with legal or product specifications. Similarly, traceability of the certified values of a certified reference material is a prerequisite for its usefulness. Consequently, the statement on metrological traceability of the certified value of the specified property is a requirement of the ISO Guide series on Reference Materials. The establishment of the traceability of a value assigned to a property of a reference material to a stated reference is pivotal to the use of this material. Metrological traceability is related to a combination of four attributes which are assigned to a clearly identified matrix: description of the property, description of the quantity/kind-of-quantity, a number with its corresponding uncertainty and the measurement unit. The first two items define the identity of the measurand, whereas the latter two describe value that is assigned to this measurand. Therefore, the concept of traceability rests on two anchor points, namely identity and quantity value. The identity of a measurand van be defined by its structure alone or by an operational/procedural definition, the quantity value of the measurand can refer to the SI, or to an artefact, if standards of arbitrary values have been used for the calibration of equipment (e.g. WHO standards; international units etc.). The presented approach splits traceability statements of certified reference materials into a description of the identity of the measurand an the quantity value and provided a solution to overcome the conflict whether a measurement result should be declared as traceable to the SI or traceable to a method.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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