REFERENCE MATERIAL PRODUCERS ACCREDITATION

Introduction:

NABL provides accreditation to Reference Material Producers (RMP) as per ISO 17034:2016. NABL is APLAC MRA signatory for RMP Accreditation(ISO Guide 34: 2009).

ISO 17034:2016 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 Standard 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 GST

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. Immunohematology
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 35:2006 – Reference materials – General and statistical principles for certification.
  • ISO 17034:2016 :General requirements for the competence of reference material producers’

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 194 (Assessment forms and Checklist-based on ISO 17034:2016)