Reference materials are used for:
The accreditation of RMPs contributes to market trust in sectors such as the environment or industry and greater safety of goods and services used in daily life.
The impact of accreditation in the production of reference materials, especially certified, allows the attainment of results which can be referred to the international system or to internationally recognized samples, thereby improving service quality. This has raised the awareness of accredited inspection bodies, in particular testing laboratories and inspection bodies and organizations which manage interlaboratoy comparisons.
The sub-division of the possible typologies of RMs, traceable to international producers, depends on their use, applications and the producers themselves.
Reference materials are used in a broad range of sectors – from the environment to health and industrial production.
The different types of RM can be distinguished according to:
These include elasticity, hardness, surface characteristics etc.
These include optics, magnetism, thermo-physics, radioactivity etc.
These include food and environmental safety, genetic and diagnostic safety etc.
These include pure substances, forensics, pharmacopoeia, food, the environment etc.