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Evaluation of EC measurement comparison for 137Cs, 40K and 90Sr in milk powder

Funded under: FP7-KBBE


This report describes all details of the measurement comparison for 137Cs, 40K and 90Sr in milk powder among 60 European laboratories monitoring radioactivity in food and the environment. An available IAEA reference material was re-processed at IRMM into suitable intercomparison samples and the homogeneity of the distributed samples together with other quality parameters was determined. Reference values of the three radionuclides under study in this intercomparison were determined at IRMM using tracer techniques and standardised radionuclide solutions and are thus traceable to the SI units. The sample preparation and measurement processes applied in the participating laboratories are described and the results of the intercomparison are presented and discussed in detail. Whereas, in general, the measurement results for 137Cs and 40K show good agreement with the reference value, the results of this comparison point at problems of 90Sr determination in about one third of the laboratories. The corresponding participants should investigate and revise their analytical methods, next to many laboratories needing to improve their estimation of measurement uncertainty.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23270 EN (2008), 77pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: LA-NA-23270-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-0
Record Number: 200910255 / Last updated on: 2009-07-06
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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