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Recommendation 1 of the 12th CCQM (2006)

On metrology in chemistry and biotechnology

The Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance: metrology in chemistry (CCQM),


  • the importance of reliable, comparable and traceable chemical measurement results in support of world trade, monitoring the state of the environment including climate change and air quality, food quality and safety, laboratory medicine, and forensics;
  • the growing importance of biotechnology in human health, food production, forensic medicine and the protection of the environment,
  • the increasing reliance of pharmaceutical products and regulations on internationally equivalent measurement results;
  • the increasing international mobility of the world population;

noting the BIPM’s activities in coordinating and promoting the development of metrology in cooperation with other relevant intergovernmental and international organizations;

recommends that

  • National Metrology Institutes continue to initiate and coordinate national activities in the field of metrology in chemistry and biotechnology, in close cooperation with other relevant bodies;
  • National Metrology Institutes in collaboration with the CIPM, work to define the areas of priority and essential international comparisons which are key to ensuring the comparability of measurement results in chemistry and biotechnology, both worldwide and within regions;
  • the BIPM continues to work at the international level in order to facilitate and support these activities.

DOI : 10.59161/CCQM2006REC1E

The reader should note that the official version of this Resolution is the French text