The acquisition and maintenance of accreditations and certifications, has and continues, to play a major role in the commercial production, of high quality analytical volumetric solutions. For a producer of such materials, accreditations and certifications should be an integral part of the customer service value proposition, leading to significant competitive advantage. Sometimes, there is confusion and lack of delineation in relation to the differences between Accreditations and Certifications. Our interpretation of these differences is presented in Figure 1 on the following page. There is also a value in reiterating the benefits of Reference Materials and Standards to the user and how an accredited producer of such products, gives the analyst confidence in the quality and integrity of the Standards, used. Finally, in the case of a producer holding ISO 17025 accreditation, it is the test method used in the assay and certification of the standards that is accredited rather than the standards themselves.

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