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NABL provides accreditation to Reference Material Producers (RMP) as per ISO Guide 34: 2009 and NABL is in process of obtaining APLAC & ILAC MRA for this program.

Guide 34:2009 is intended for the use by reference material producers in the development and implementation of their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations. This guide covers the production of certified and non-certified reference materials.

Reference material (RM)

Material, sufficiently homogeneous and stable with respect to one or more specified properties, which has been established to be fit for its intended use in a measurement process.

Certified reference material (CRM)

Reference material characterized by a metrological valid procedure for one or more specified properties, accompanied by a certificate that provides the value of the specified property, its associated uncertainty, and a statement of metrological traceability.

Benefits for RMP Accreditation:

  • Facilitate easy & timely availability of less expensive reference material in country.
  • RMs offer the highest level of Quality assurance, accuracy and traceability.
  • It gives complete confidence that results are reliable and reproducible.
  • Offer market differentiation and leadership.
  • Cost & time saving, because the RMs help optimise operations and avoid multiple testing.
  • International recognition to RM Producers.

Fee for RMP Accreditation: Rs. 25,000/ Category (upto 2 sub-categories) + Applicable Service Tax.

Scope of RMP Accreditation

Category A. Chemical Composition

Category B: Biological and Clinical Properties

A1. Metals

B1 General Medicine

A2. Inorganic reference materials

B2. Clinical Chemistry

A3. Organic reference materials

B3. Tissue Pathology and Cytology

A4. Environmental reference materials

B4. Haematology

A5. Health and industrial hygiene

B5. Immunohaematology

A6. Engine wear materials

B6. Immunology

A7. Analysed gases

B7. Parasitology

A8. Forensic reference materials

B8. Bacteriology and Mycology

A9. Ion activity

B9 Virology

B10 Other biological and clinical reference Materials

B11 Forensic Reference Materials

Category C: Physical Properties

Category D: Engineering Properties

C1 Reference Materials with Optical Properties

D1 Surface Finish

C2. Reference Materials with Electrical and Magnetic Properties

D2. Sizing

C3. Reference Materials for Frequency Measurements

D3. Nondestructive Testing

C4. Reference Materials for Radioactivity

D4. Hardness

C5. Reference Materials for Thermodynamic Properties

D5. Impact Toughness

C6. Reference Materials for Physicochemical Properties

D6. Tensile Strength

C7. Reference Materials for Fibre Identification

D7. Elasticity

C8. Reference Materials for other properties

D8. Creep

D9. Fire Research

Category E: Miscellaneous Properties

E1 Others


Standard Documents

  • ISO Guide 30: 2015: Reference materials - Selected terms and definitions.
  • ISO Guide 31:2015 – Reference materials — Contents of certificates, labels and accompanying documentation.
  • ISO Guide 33 : 2015 - Good practice in using reference materials.
  • ISO Guide 34:2009 – General requirements for the competence of reference material producers.
  • ISO Guide 35:2006 – Reference materials – General and statistical principles for certification.

NABL Documents

  • NABL-190 (Application form for RMP accreditation),
  • NABL- 191 (Specific criteria for RMP accreditation)
  • NABL-192 (Pre-assessment guidelines and forms for RMP accreditation),
  • NABL-193 (Assessment forms and Checklist-based on ISO Guide 34:2009)
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