Reference Materials

According to the amendment to ISO Guide 30, a reference material is a "material, sufficiently homogeneous and stable with respect to one or more specified properties, which has been established to be fit for its intended use in a measurement process".

Reference materials are an essential component of any quality assurance system. Very few reference materials are available for genetic testing. The objective of this work package is to encourage the development of well-validated reference materials and to help make them available to end users: genetic testing laboratories, diagnostic kit manufacturers and external quality assessment scheme organizers. The work package will also explore regulatory issues around reference material development and distribution. To realize these aims, a series of major international symposia on reference materials for genetic testing will be organized during the course of the EuroGentest project, as well as smaller meetings of expert groups to focus on specific areas. Priorities will be set for which reference materials to develop, and specific projects to meet the high-priority needs will be supported.


(1) To improve the availability of well-validated control materials for genetic testing.

(2) To ensure that policy makers and the developers of new control materials have access to up-to-date information on the highest-priority needs for control materials for genetic testing.

(3) To interact with international agencies and other stakeholders to ensure coordination in the development and distribution of new and existing control materials.

Publications and documents




The Fourth EuroGentest Symposium on Reference Materials for Genetic Testing will take place September 9th 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.

Click on the links for more information about these past events (reports, pictures etc...).


Contacts and Members

Contact information and members of the 'Reference Materials' work package: David Barton

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