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September 11-14, 2018, Ekaterinburg, Russia

On September 11-14, 2018, the III International Scientific Conference “Reference Materials in Measurement and Technology” was held in Ekaterinburg. The event was organized by the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) together with the Scientific Methodological Center of the State Service for Reference Materials of Composition and Properties of Substances and Materials – the Ural Research Institute of Metrology (UNIIM).

The Conference was attended by scientists, researchers, lecturers, graduate students, specialists from research and metrological institutes, regional metrology centres, enterprises, and organizations of the industrial sector (a total of 117 representatives of all 13 federal districts of the Russian Federation). The conference was also attended by representatives of national metrology authorities, national metrological institutes, members of ISO/REMCO and cooperating organizations (ILAC, CITAC, OIML), other ISO Technical Committees, and COOMET representatives from Germany, the United States of America, the Republic of South Africa, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Poland, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. The working languages of the Conference were Russian and English. Within the framework of the Conference, meetings of 11 special scientific sections took place. 80 scientific reports were presented at the Conference, which were heard at the plenary, special, and poster sections of the Conference.

The Conference priority was to create an open platform for the exchange of scientific information on fundamental and applied research on the issues of reference materials of the composition and properties of substances and materials, as well as to promote reference materials as a technical, regulatory, and methodological basis necessary to ensure the accuracy of measurements.

During the plenary session, reports were presented by representatives of state scientific metrological institutes of the Rosstandart and manufacturers of reference materials. The participants were especially interested in reports dedicated to the formation and implementation of state policy in the field of ensuring the uniformity of measurements. Great attention during the Conference was paid to reports on the results of research related to the development of reference materials, the application of measurement standards in the production of reference materials, issues of the practical application of reference materials in various fields.

The Conference resulted in an extensive discussion of the theory and practice of development, production, distribution, and application of reference materials, as well as issues of metrological assurance of measurements in the field of pharmaceuticals, quality control and food safety, environmental monitoring, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, and the nuclear industry. Within the framework of the Conference, the issues of interlaboratory comparison tests, including the application of reference materials, were considered separately.

The result of the Conference was the publication of the collection “Reference Materials in Measurement and Technology” by Springer.

The organizers express their gratitude to all the conference participants who could come, make interesting reports, take part in the work and organization of the Conference.