Vacuum Measurements and the Community Bureau of References (BCR) By the Council Decision of 18 June 1973", a programme of research has been drawn up for the European Economic Community in the field of reference materials and methods (Community Bureau of References (BCR)) for a period of 3 years starting on 1 January 1973. The object of the Community programme is to support, group, dovetail and supplement the work of the member countries. The programme comprises: (a) operation of a secretariat; (b) - - characterization of materials; - - inventorying and defining requirements for new certified reference materials (CRM); - - establishment of technical specifications of CRM; --
development and assay of CRM;
organization of inter-laboratory comparisons;
European certification of technical characteristics of CRM;
- - approval of laboratories. The nature of these activities will vary from one sector to another, depending on requirements. They may entail: --
exchanges of information between private and public national organizations about requirements and availabilities of existing CRM;
co-ordination of work between these organizations;
financing of the cost of the above activities e.g. by placing contracts with participating laboratories in the member countries;
utilization of the Commission's Joint Research Center facilities to supplement and expand national activities.
* OJ NO L 189, I1 July 1973, p. 34.
Address of BCR: Dr K F LAUER Commission of the European Communities, Directorate-General for Research, Science and Education Community Bureau of References, rue de la Loi, 200 B-1049 Brussels. On 19 November 1974 a first meeting was held in Brussels within the framework of BCR, of a group of specialists on 'Vacuum Measurements'. The terms of reference of this group are: (1) To stimulate the contacts between the organizations and laboratories dealing with the calibration of vacuum measuring apparatus. (2) To organize, when appropriate, meetings between parties involved. (3) To make joint suggestions and recommendations for the execution of work in the field of vacuum calibration. The participants of the first meeting were: Venema, Chairman, Philips Eindhoven, Netherlands. D r Eschbach, Secretary, CBNM Geel, Belgium. Dr
Dr Calcatelli, Dr Choumoff, Dr Grosse, Dr Dr
Dr Pouiter, Dr Rubet, Dr Schram, Dr Thomas,
Instituto 'G Colonnetti', Turin, Italy. Leybold-Heraeus-Sogev, Orsay, France. PTB, Berlin, W Germany. Ecole Royale Militaire, Brussels, Belgium. PTB, Berlin, W Germany. NPL, Teddington, England. LNE, Paris, France. CEA, Saclay, France. Ecole Royale Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.
For further information write to: Dr ESCHBACH Central Bureau for Nuclear Measurements, Stenweg op Retie, B-2440 Geel, Belgium.