Standards and traceability are important to ensure that measurements are comparable between laboratories, and that data are defendable and meet the specifications required in industry.
Traceability is the property of a measurement or the value of a standard, which means it can be related to stated references, usually national or international standards, through an unbroken chain of comparisons, all having stated uncertainties.
Where nation-to-nation intercomparability or traceability to the SI units is required, then intercomparisons are conducted under the auspices of the CIPM's (the International Committee for Weights and Measures) Consultative Committees or EURAMET's Technical Committees. The CIPM MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) provides the mechanism to ensure the equivalence of measurements in all of the participating countries.
As a National Metrology Institute (NMI), the development of international standards for organisations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is also an important component of our work.
Measurements made in industry are often supported by documentary standards through ISO or CEN, which in turn are developed and validated through pre-normative research and validation studies.