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  • Research and development programme (EEC) in the field of reference materials and methods (Community Bureau of Reference - BCR) and applied metrology (non-nuclear indirect action), 1979-1982

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 10,3 million

Official Journal Reference

L 258 of 1979-10-13

Legislative Reference

79/842/EEC of 1979-10-09
To strengthen, supplement and harmonize national activities in the field of reference materials, analytical and measuring methods and applied metrology.


Research carried out in the same field within the 1977-1980 Joint Research Centre (JRC) programme was associated with the implementation of projects 1 and 2 of this BCR programme.


Three projects, the first two of which were activities of the BCR:

- Reference materials and methods:
. Exchange of information on reference materials and methods and in particular on national activities in these fields. Determination of the requirements for reference materials and methods. Characterization of materials. Organization of inter-laboratory comparisons. Joint preparation of reference materials. Certification of the properties of the reference materials at Community level. Joint definition of reference methods;

- Management and distribution of Community reference materials:
. Storage and preservation of BCR reference materials in laboratories of the Joint Research Centre and national laboratories. Preparation of information to be disseminated to publicize reference materials by suitable means within and outside the Community. Distribution of samples;

- Applied metrology:
. Inter-laboratory comparisons of secondary and transfer standards for derived units of measurement. Improvement of measuring techniques and their accuracy. Development of new measuring techniques. Exchange of information and of scientific personnel.


The Commission was responsible for the implementation of the programme by means of shared-cost contracts.
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