realization of the definition of a given quantity, with stated quantity value and associated measurement uncertainty, used as a reference

EXAMPLE 1 1 kg mass measurement standard with an associated standard measurement uncertainty of 3 µg.

EXAMPLE 2 100 Ω measurement standard resistor with an associated standard measurement uncertainty of 1 µΩ.

EXAMPLE 3 Caesium frequency standard with a relative standard measurement uncertainty of 2 · 10^{–15}.

EXAMPLE 4 Standard buffer solution with a pH of 7.072 with an associated standard measurement uncertainty of 0.006.

EXAMPLE 5 Set of reference solutions of cortisol in human serum having a certified quantity value with measurement uncertainty for each solution.

EXAMPLE 6 Reference material providing quantity values with measurement uncertainties for the mass concentration of each of ten different proteins.

NOTE 1 A “realization of the definition of a given quantity” can be provided by a measuring system, a material measure, or a reference material.

NOTE 2 A measurement standard is frequently used as a reference in establishing measured quantity values and associated measurement uncertainties for other quantities of the same kind, thereby establishing metrological traceability through calibration of other measurement standards, measuring instruments, or measuring systems.

NOTE 3 The term “realization” is used here in the most general meaning. It denotes three procedures of “realization”. The first one consists in the physical realization of the measurement unit from its definition and is realization sensu stricto. The second, termed “reproduction”, consists not in realizing the measurement unit from its definition but in setting up a highly reproducible measurement standard based on a physical phenomenon, as it happens, e.g. in case of use of frequency-stabilized lasers to establish a measurement standard for the metre, of the Josephson effect for the volt or of the quantum Hall effect for the ohm. The third procedure consists in adopting a material measure as a measurement standard. It occurs in the case of the measurement standard of 1 kg.

NOTE 4 A standard measurement uncertainty associated with a measurement standard is always a component of the combined standard measurement uncertainty (see ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008, 2.3.4) in a measurement result obtained using the measurement standard. Frequently, this component is small compared with other components of the combined standard measurement uncertainty.

NOTE 5 Quantity value and measurement uncertainty must be determined at the time when the measurement standard is used.

NOTE 6 Several quantities of the same kind or of different kinds may be realized in one device which is commonly also called a measurement standard.

NOTE 7 The word “embodiment” is sometimes used in the English language instead of “realization”.

NOTE 8 In science and technology, the English word “standard” is used with at least two different meanings: as a specification, technical recommendation, or similar normative document (in French “norme”) and as a measurement standard (in French “étalon”). This Vocabulary is concerned solely with the second meaning.

NOTE 9 The term “measurement standard” is sometimes used to denote other metrological tools, e.g. 'software measurement standard' (see ISO 5436-2).

ANNOTATION (informative) [2 December 2014] Here "quantity value" can be replaced by "value" without ambiguity: "realization of the definition of a given quantity, with stated value and associated measurement uncertainty, used as a reference".

- 1.1 quantity
- 1.2 kind of quantity
- 1.3 system of quantities
- 1.4 base quantity
- 1.5 derived quantity
- 1.6 International System of Quantities
- 1.7 quantity dimension
- 1.8 quantity of dimension one
- 1.9 measurement unit
- 1.10 base unit
- 1.11 derived unit
- 1.12 coherent derived unit
- 1.13 system of units
- 1.14 coherent system of units
- 1.15 off-system measurement unit
- 1.16 International System of Units
- 1.17 multiple of a unit
- 1.18 submultiple of a unit
- 1.19 quantity value
- 1.20 numerical quantity value
- 1.21 quantity calculus
- 1.22 quantity equation
- 1.23 unit equation
- 1.24 conversion factor between units
- 1.25 numerical value equation
- 1.26 ordinal quantity
- 1.27 quantity-value scale
- 1.28 ordinal quantity-value scale
- 1.29 conventional reference scale
- 1.30 nominal property

- 2.1 measurement
- 2.2 metrology
- 2.3 measurand
- 2.4 measurement principle
- 2.5 measurement method
- 2.6 measurement procedure
- 2.7 reference measurement procedure
- 2.8 primary reference measurement procedure
- 2.9 measurement result
- 2.10 measured quantity value
- 2.11 true quantity value
- 2.12 conventional quantity value
- 2.13 measurement accuracy
- 2.14 measurement trueness
- 2.15 measurement precision
- 2.16 measurement error
- 2.17 systematic measurement error
- 2.18 measurement bias
- 2.19 random measurement error
- 2.20 repeatability condition of measurement
- 2.21 measurement repeatability
- 2.22 intermediate precision condition of measurement
- 2.23 intermediate measurement precision
- 2.24 reproducibility condition of measurement
- 2.25 measurement reproducibility
- 2.26 measurement uncertainty
- 2.27 definitional uncertainty
- 2.28 Type A evaluation of measurement uncertainty
- 2.29 Type B evaluation of measurement uncertainty
- 2.30 standard measurement uncertainty
- 2.31 combined standard measurement uncertainty
- 2.32 relative standard measurement uncertainty
- 2.33 uncertainty budget
- 2.34 target measurement uncertainty
- 2.35 expanded measurement uncertainty
- 2.36 coverage interval
- 2.37 coverage probability
- 2.38 coverage factor
- 2.39 calibration
- 2.40 calibration hierarchy
- 2.41 metrological traceability
- 2.42 metrological traceability chain
- 2.43 metrological traceability to a measurement unit
- 2.44 verification
- 2.45 validation
- 2.46 metrological comparability of measurement results
- 2.47 metrological compatibility of measurement results
- 2.48 measurement model
- 2.49 measurement function
- 2.50 input quantity in a measurement model
- 2.51 output quantity in a measurement model
- 2.52 influence quantity
- 2.53 correction

- 3.1 measuring instrument
- 3.2 measuring system
- 3.3 indicating measuring instrument
- 3.4 displaying measuring instrument
- 3.5 scale of a displaying measuring instrument
- 3.6 material measure
- 3.7 measuring transducer
- 3.8 sensor
- 3.9 detector
- 3.10 measuring chain
- 3.11 adjustment of a measuring system
- 3.12 zero adjustment of a measuring system

- 4.1 indication
- 4.2 blank indication
- 4.3 indication interval
- 4.4 nominal indication interval
- 4.5 range of a nominal indication interval
- 4.6 nominal quantity value
- 4.7 measuring interval
- 4.8 steady-state operating condition
- 4.9 rated operating condition
- 4.10 limiting operating condition
- 4.11 reference operating condition
- 4.12 sensitivity of a measuring system
- 4.13 selectivity of a measuring system
- 4.14 resolution
- 4.15 resolution of a displaying device
- 4.16 discrimination threshold
- 4.17 dead band
- 4.18 detection limit
- 4.19 stability of a measuring instrument
- 4.20 instrumental bias
- 4.21 instrumental drift
- 4.22 variation due to an influence quantity
- 4.23 step response time
- 4.24 instrumental measurement uncertainty
- 4.25 accuracy class
- 4.26 maximum permissible measurement error
- 4.27 datum measurement error
- 4.28 zero error
- 4.29 null measurement uncertainty
- 4.30 calibration diagram
- 4.31 calibration curve

- 5.1 measurement standard
- 5.2 international measurement standard
- 5.3 national measurement standard
- 5.4 primary measurement standard
- 5.5 secondary measurement standard
- 5.6 reference measurement standard
- 5.7 working measurement standard
- 5.8 travelling measurement standard
- 5.9 transfer measurement device
- 5.10 intrinsic measurement standard
- 5.11 conservation of a measurement standard
- 5.12 calibrator
- 5.13 reference material
- 5.14 certified reference material
- 5.15 commutability of a reference material
- 5.16 reference data
- 5.17 standard reference data
- 5.18 reference quantity value