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ASTM Workshop on the Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries


ASTM International Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry of Metals, Ores and Related Materials will hold a workshop, "Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries," on May 19, 2014, at the Gaithersburg, MD, campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The workshop will occur the day before the semiannual meeting for E01, which will also happen at NIST on May 20 & 21, 2014.

Ever-increasing testing demands for metals, alloys, ores, and mining byproducts have been accompanied by more complex requirements for quality system accreditation. Because many industry test methods for chemical metrology require numerous reference materials for calibration and quality assurance, the accreditation of certified reference material producers has become more demanding as well.

Accreditation processes that tighten requirements for approval of reference materials used in industry laboratories may needlessly restrict the supply of reference materials and negatively impact the quality of test results unless the requirements are understood and agreed to by all impacted parties.

The workshop will bring together experts from standards development, accreditation, reference materials development, testing labs and product quality assurance to explore the complex intersection of these topics. The goal is to share insights and rationales for streamlining these processes and for creating a continuing venue for cooperation.

This workshop is not intended as a training event. The purpose is to bring together metals industry labs, accreditation bodies, CRM producers, and NIST to discuss the relationships among the various parties and to begin to work together to harmonize the roles of organizations on all sides of the issue. The workshop will not explain how to attain accreditation of a laboratory, nor will it explain the proper use of reference materials, except in the context of any requirements established by accreditation bodies. Indeed, the participants will discuss whether said requirements for use of CRMs and in-house RMs are appropriate and correct.

ASTM International Committee E01 will hold its semiannual meetings on May 20 and 21. Please visit the E01 website at There you can find a list of subcommittees, standards and work items. ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. We welcome all participants to this workshop, whether ASTM members or not.


Workshop Agenda:

The event will include a set of presentations by organizations representing the several sides of the conjunction of quality systems, accreditation of labs, requirements by the customers of metals producers, and producers of reference materials.

The morning session will consist of presentations by representatives of Committee E01, supplier laboratories, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, Nadcap, NIST, one or more accrediting bodies, and perhaps one or more commercial CRM producers.

The afternoon session will include a "round table" discussion with the primary goals of 1) establishing procedures for continued interactions of the primary participants; 2) recommending and prioritizing relevant activities for ASTM Committee E01.

ASTM/NIST Workshop
Tentative Agenda
May 19, 2014

8:00 AM Shuttle from Hilton hotel to NIST campus
8:30 AM Welcome and opening statements TBA National Institute of Standards and Technology
8:40 AM Introductions J. Sieber National Institute of Standards and Technology
8:45 AM Introduction of ASTM and Committee E01 T. O'Toole and P. Cole ASTM International Committee E01
9:00 AM Explanation of Issues for Metals Analysis Laboratories P. Cole Committee E01 Task Group
9:30 AM ILAC presentation P. Unger International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Accreditation Bodies presentations M. Sitka ACLASS
D. Berg Perry Johnson, Inc.
R. Querry A2LA
11:00 AM Nadcap presentations V. Wisehart and K. Wetzel Nadcap and PRI
11:45 AM Certified Reference Materials Producers presentations D. Geist Analytical Reference Materials International
C. Eveleigh MBH Analytical
J. Gast LECO Corp.
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM NIST presentations J. Sieber, R. Watters and S. Bruce National Institute of Standards and Technology
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Roundtable discussion Speakers and all attendees
4:00 PM Action Items - Formal plans P. Cole and J. Sieber  
5:00 PM Adjourn
5:15 PM Shuttle from NIST to Hilton hotel

Note: ASTM International and NIST plan to digitally record the presentations.


E01 Committee Agendas:

ASTM has posted the E01 meeting schedule, hotel information, ASTM preregistration and ASTM contacts at this link: The agendas for individual subcommittee meetings will be posted to the committee members' website in the weeks and days prior to the meeting. If you have a particular interest, you are welcome to contact either the Technical Contacts for the workshop or E01 committee officers and support staff for additional information, if available.

On the afternoon of May 21, NIST will provide tours of key facilities at its Gaithersburg, MD campus. Sign-up will be during the E01 meetings on May 20.


Reference Documentation:

It is highly anticipated that discussions will involve quality system standards, such as ISO 17025 and the Guide 30 series, ASTM E2857-11, and industry accreditation documents. Attendees may wish to bring their own copies of relevant documents because none will be provided for the workshop. It will be possible to display electronic copies for the benefit of all during discussions.


Related Project(s):

ASTM Committee E01 is developing a standard guide for development of in-house reference materials. Those interested in contributing should contact the Technical Contacts for this workshop.


Start Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
End Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Location: NIST Gaithersburg Campus, Green Auditorium and Portrait Room
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Workshop


All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. Registration with ASTM International Committee E01 is optional, and may be done through their meeting website given above.

Online NIST registration:

Registration will close May 13. If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well.

Registration Fee: None.

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vicente, NIST


ASTM International has made arrangements for a block of rooms at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, Maryland at the meeting rate of $139 per night. The hotel has provided a website for attendees to make reservations:

ASTM has posted the E01 meeting schedule, hotel information, ASTM preregistration and ASTM contacts at this link:

NIST is planning to provide a shuttle bus from the hotel to the NIST Administration building at the beginning of each day and at the end of each day. Attendees may bring personal vehicles onto the NIST campus.

Technical Contact:

John R. Sieber, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD;Phone: 301-975-3920;

Patrick Cole, ATI Allvac, Monroe, NC, Phone: 704-289-4511, ext. 1317;

ASTM Staff Contact: Thomas O'Toole, Phone: 610-832-9739;