Metrological traceability is not always a straight line

  • Marc PrielEmail author
  • Soraya Amarouche
  • Paola Fisicaro
General Paper


The two most important concepts in metrology are certainly “traceability to standards” and “measurement uncertainty evaluation”. So far the questions related to these concepts have been reasonably solved in the metrology of “classical quantities”, but for the introduction of metrological concepts in new fields, such as chemistry and biology, a lot of problems remain and must be solved in order to support international arrangements. In this presentation, the authors want to develop the strategy implemented at Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais (LNE) in metrology in chemistry and biology. The strategy is based on: (1) pure solutions for calibration of analytical instruments, (2) use of certified reference materials (matrix reference materials), and (3) participation to proficiency testing schemes. Examples will be presented in organic and inorganic chemistry. For laboratory medicine, proficiency testing providers play an important role in the organization of External Quality Assessment Schemes. For the time being, the reference value or the assigned value of the comparison is calculated with the results obtained by the participants. This assigned value is not often traceable to SI units. One of the methods suggested by LNE is to ensure the metrological traceability to SI units of the assigned value for the more critical quantities carried on analytes by implementing the Joint committee for traceability in laboratory medicine reference methods.


Traceability in chemical measurements Certified reference materials Proficiency testing schemes Metrological traceability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essaisParisFrance

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