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Reference Products for Environment and Trade

This site gives access to more than 90 reference materials to assist IAEA Member State laboratories in enhancing the reliability and comparability of measurement results obtained by nuclear analytical techniques.

The results of analytical measurements play a vital role in daily life. Analytical data may be the basis upon which economic, legal or environmental management decisions are made, and they are essential in international trade, environmental protection, safe transportation, law enforcement, consumer safety and the preservation of human health.

The IAEA is the world's largest supplier of matrix reference materials for environment and trade, maintaining a customer base of about 3,000 members. The most important activities in this area are:

  • Laboratory intercomparisons and proficiency tests
  • Production and distribution of reference materials
  • Development and publication of analytical methods
  • Support and coordination of laboratory networks
  • Training in analytical procedures and laboratory quality management

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