ISO 17034 Reference Materials Producers (RMP)

ISO 17034 accreditation provides assurance that reference material producers are competent.


What is ISO 17034?

ISO 17034 specifies the requirements for the competent and consistent operation of organisations who produce reference materials (RMs) and/or certified reference materials (CRMs).


ISO 17034 accreditation

ISO 17034 accreditation provides confidence and assurance to users of reference materials that the producers have complied with internationally defined requirements for the production of the materials. This includes such things as assignment of property values to the material, stability, homogeneity through to the labelling and distributions of the materials.

Accreditation benefits

Overall benefits include:

  • Recognising and demonstrating competence in the production of reference materials 
  • Helping reduce organisational costs
  • Providing trade gains in the market
  • Accreditation is proven to be effective in the marketing of RMPs
  • Improved organisational efficiency

Accreditation requirements

ISO 17034 accreditation is an essential requirement for those who produce certified reference materials (CRM) and a demonstration of both scientific and technical competence for RMPs.

The demand for new RMs of higher quality is increasing because of both the improved precision of measuring equipment and the requirement for more accurate and reliable data in the scientific and technological disciplines.

Today, it is not only necessary for RMPs to provide information about their materials in the form of RM documents, but also to demonstrate their competence in producing RMs of appropriate quality.

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An RMP is a body (organisation) that is fully responsible for project planning and management as well as the assignment of property values and relevant uncertainties; the authorisation of property values; and the issuance of a Reference Material Certificate or other statements for the reference materials produced.

RM is material (sufficiently homogeneous and stable with respect to one or more specified properties), that has been established fit for its intended use in a measurement process.

Reference materials are used in all stages of the measurement process, including for method validation, calibration, and quality control. They are also used in interlaboratory comparisons for method validation and for assessing laboratory proficiency.

This is a reference material characterised by a metrologically valid procedure for one or more specified properties and accompanied by a Reference Material Certificate that provides the value of the specified property, its associated uncertainty, and a statement of metrological traceability.

The NATA Accreditation Criteria (NAC) packages are made up of numerous documents which are available for download.

There are General Accreditation Criteria which apply to all facilities, and Specific Accreditation Criteria tailored for industry sectors and activities.

  1. General NATA Documents
  2. General Accreditation Criteria
  3. Specific Accreditation Criteria

General Accreditation Guidance and Specific Accreditation Guidance documents present information on common technical or operational issues.

  1. General Accreditation Guidance
  2. Specific Accreditation Guidance
  3. General Accreditation Forms

ISO 17034 NATA Accreditation Criteria (NAC) Package

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Benefits of being a NATA accredited organisation

NATA accredits organisations to perform testing and inspection activities for their products and services. This gives consumers the assurance they need to make safe, healthy and reliable choices. When you choose to become NATA accredited, you can be sure of a number of competitive advantages for your business.
NATA members receive a globally-recognised, peer-reviewed and government endorsed accreditation that provides a unique level of assurance to members, their clients and the community.
Our accreditation provides an independent benchmark for technical competence. Receiving NATA accreditation demonstrates to customers your organisation’s commitment to quality, safety and reliability of products and services.
NATA accreditation is both nationally and internationally recognised. This provides a competitive advantage when compared to non-accredited organisations and ensures you are market-ready to capitalise on trade opportunities.
NATA has been training individuals and teams both nationally and internationally for over 20 years and enjoys a global reputation for the quality of its courses and programs. Our active role in international accreditation education has seen us conduct training in over 20 countries.
NATA’s long standing and active involvement with international groups enables our members to gain international recognition for their accreditation and minimises the need for multiple assessments from different suppliers.
NATA provides innovative and timely business solutions that meet the needs of our members and fulfil the expectations of the community. We have the experience and resources to ensure your accreditation provides you and your organisation with unique advantages.