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Volume 83, Issue 10

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Metrological traceability of measurement results in chemistry: Concepts and implementation (IUPAC Technical Report)

Paul De Bièvre / René Dybkær
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  • Department of Standardization in Laboratory Medicine, Region H Frederiksberg Hospital, Nordre Fasanvej 57, DK-2000, Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Published Online: 2011-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REP-07-09-39

This IUPAC study aims at formulating recommendations concerning the metrological traceability of a measurement result in chemistry. It is intended to provide the chemical measurement community with a consistent view of the creation, meaning, and role of metrological traceability and its underpinning concepts. No distinction is made between measurement results obtained in “high metrology” and in the “field”. A description is given of the calibration hierarchies needed in different circumstances to arrive at metrological traceability along a metrological traceability chain. Flow charts of generic calibration hierarchies are presented as well as a variety of examples. The establishment, assessment, and reporting of metrological traceability are discussed, including the provision of metrological references by a metrological institutional framework and the role of interlaboratory comparisons.

Keywords: calibration hierarchies; IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Division; measurand; measurement; metrological comparability; metrological reference; metrological traceability

Project Year: 2001, Project Code: 2001-010-3-500

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Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 83, Issue 10, Pages 1873–1935, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REP-07-09-39.

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