BERM: International Symposium on Biological and Environmental Reference Materials

BERM Symposium Overview and Objective
The BERM symposium brings together global National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), Reference Materials Producers (RMPs), government officials, analytical scientists, and accreditation bodies to present and discuss the latest trends and advances in the development and use of Reference Materials and Certified Reference Materials. Participants have a unique opportunity to interact with key players and institutions from around the world that are involved in reference material (RM) development, production, distribution and use. RMs are among the most important tools in assuring quality and international comparability of measurement results, and their proper use is increasingly demanded in science as well as legislation.

The next BERM meeting (BERM-15) will be held September 2018 in Berlin, and will be organized by BAM.

BERM-15 will be a continuation of the series of BERM Symposia launched in 1983. Locations have alternated between Europe and the USA, with the exception of BERM-11 held in Japan.

  • BERM History: Read about the evolution of the BERM Series of Symposia (1983-2015)

The 14th International Symposium on Biological and Environmental Reference Materials (BERM 14) was held from October 11-15, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, USA. The Scientific Symposium Chair was Dr. Stephen A. Wise from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Logistical support for the meeting was provided by Sigma-Aldrich.