Submitted to: Reference Materials for Chemical Analysis Certification, Availability and
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2000
Publication Date: January 31, 2001
Citation: Wolf, W.R. Chapter 9 future tends for reference material activity. Reference Materials for Chemical Analysis Certification, Availability and Poper Usage, Wiley-VCH, Weinhein, Germany, 2001. pp. 279-292. Technical Abstract: Measurement science has developed into a mature discipline, resulting in a strong focus on the role of reference materials in demonstrating that measurement data are reliable and sufficiently accurate for their intended purpose. These RMs fulfil various purposes including: calibration of equipment, verification of result accuracy, aids in improvement and performance of methods, daily quality control and achievement of traceability to basic measurement units. The 15-20% annual growth in usage of RMs over the last decade is projected to remain well into the 21st century. There are a number of trends that will continue to influence future RM activity. For example the change in analytical chemistry from classical to instrumental analysis has replaced chemists with instrument operating technicians who require RMs to calibrate the instruments. It is important to understand the more general driving forces and issues in legislation, health, environment, manufacturing, and commerce that can have an impact on future needs and usage of RMs. Increasing method diversity, regulations a and field labs will increase RM demand. Increased equipment and method robustness will lessen demand.