Comparison of value assigned forensic alcohol in water reference materials

Project Description

The intercomparison is part of the EMPIR 16RPT02 ALCOREF project 'Certified forensic alcohol reference materials' which aims to develop certified ethanol in water reference materials for the calibration of evidential breath alcohol analysers.
Besides the ALCOREF institutes, other NMIs/DIs that deliver measurement services for forensic alcohol in water reference materials through one or more value-assigned CRMs are invited to participate. Participants will send their (candidate) CRMs to the coordinating laboratory (LNE) where they will be measured by GC-IDMS under repeatable conditions.
Statistical analysis of results will be performed with the approach used in CCQM-K79 'Comparison of value-assigned CRMs and PT materials: Ethanol in Aqueous Matrix'.

List of participating partners is not yet complete. More EURAMET and CCQM OAWG institutes will be invited.

Progress Report 2020-03-10

The study protocol was officially approved by CCQM OAWG, and the comparison was registered as key comparison EURAMET.QM-S13 in the BIPM key comparison database. A formal call for participation was released in August 2019 by CCQM-OAWG.
Participation in this comparison has been accomplished by providing the coordinating Laboratory certified ethanol in water reference materials or candidate certified reference materials that their institutions had value-assigned, kept in storage, or shipped to customers.
All comparison measurements were done at LNE by DI-GC/MS under fidelity conditions.
By the end of September 2019, LNE had received 24 CRMs from 14 NMIs with reference values ranging from 207 to 5 030 mg/kg and uncertainties ranging from 0.1 to 6.5 %.
LNE did the analysis by end of Nov 2019. The first results were presented at the EURAMET TC-MC SCOA meeting in February 2020. Statistical analysis and the report are in progress.

Metrology in Chemistry (MC)
Coordinating Institute
LNE (France)
Further Partners
NMISA (South Africa)
INMA (Argentina)
NMSIA (Australia)