Paper, board and pulps — Estimation of uncertainty for test methods by interlaboratory comparisons

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TECHNICAL ISO/TS
SPECIFICATION 24498
First edition
2022-01
Paper, board and pulps — Estimation
of uncertainty for test methods by
interlaboratory comparisons
Reference number
ISO/TS 24498:2022(E)
© ISO 2022
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ISO/TS 24498:2022(E)
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All rights reserved. Unless otherwise specified, or required in the context of its implementation, no part of this publication may

be reproduced or utilized otherwise in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, or posting on

the internet or an intranet, without prior written permission. Permission can be requested from either ISO at the address below

or ISO’s member body in the country of the requester.
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ISO/TS 24498:2022(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions .................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Procedure ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................2

5 Preparation of an interlaboratory study ................................................................................................................................... 3

5.1 Laboratories ........................................................................................................................................... ................................................... 3

5.1.1 Qualification of laboratories .................................................................................................................................... 3

5.1.2 Number of participating laboratories ............................................................................................................. 3

5.2 Sample preparation and distribution ................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.1 Number and type of material .................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.2 Selection of the material .............................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.3 Identification and packaging ................................................................................................................................... 5

5.2.4 Additional and specific care ..................................................................................................................................... 5

5.3 Documentation for the interlaboratory study ............................................................................................................ 5

6 Testing............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6

7 Analysis of the results ....................................................................................................................................................................................6

7.1 Calculations ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.2 Case of interlaboratory study organised by the working group ................................................................ 7

7.2.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 7

7.2.2 Consistency evaluation ................................................................................................................................................. 7

7.2.3 Handling of outlying data ........................................................................................................................................... 7

7.3 Case of data provided from proficiency testing services ................................................................................. 7

8 Re-evaluation of the uncertainty ....................................................................................................................................................... 8

9 Report .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

10 Archiving raw data ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 8

Annex A (informative) Tappi and ISO codifications ............................................................................................................................ 9

Annex B (informative) Example of a recommended form to be distributed to participating

laboratories for the collation of results for analysis ..................................................................................................10

Annex C (informative) Example of precision statements for physical properties ...........................................11

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

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ISO/TS 24498:2022(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www.iso.org/directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of

any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or

on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www.iso.org/patents).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to

the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) see

www.iso.org/iso/foreword.html.

This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 6, Paper, board and pulps.

This first edition cancels and replaces the second edition of ISO/TR 24498:2019, which has been

technically revised.
The main changes are as follows:
— ISO/TR 24498 has been changed into ISO/TS 24498 adding normative language

— Lignins and kraft liquors have been introduced in the scope of the document, and a subclause on the

sampling of these materials in 5.2 has been added
— Subclause 7.3 has been updated.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www.iso.org/members.html.
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Introduction

One step in the development of any new standard test method is to estimate the uncertainty of the

method. After such a procedure, a "Precision statement" is usually included in ISO test methods for pulp,

paper and board and is recommended by ISO/TC 6 for all new and revised ISO/TC 6 standards. This is

normally performed in a precision experiment, in which samples are sent to a number of laboratories

and the results are compared. Such a precision experiment is often referred to as "interlaboratory

comparative testing".
[1]

The procedures for conducting a precision statement are outlined in the ISO 5725 series , which is

general and does not cover the special conditions that apply in the testing of pulp, paper, board and

cellulosic nanomaterials (this is the reason why some countries have published national standards or

[2][3]
test methods dedicated to pulp, paper and board ).

For example, paper and board materials as well as cellulosic nanomaterials are very sensitive to changes

in relative humidity and temperature. Changes in the environmental conditions may induce significant

moisture content variations in paper and board, which may induce changes in physical and mechanical

properties.

Due to product heterogeneity, randomisation of the samples and /or test pieces is essential to minimize

the impact of such variability. For the same reason, the variation in the properties can increase

drastically when the test piece size decreases, for example when measuring grammage or Cobb water

absorptiveness.

These reasons make it necessary to have special instructions for precision experiments for pulp, paper,

board and cellulosic nanomaterials.

One effect of the heterogeneity of the product is that a large number of measurements is required in

order to achieve sufficient precision. Most standardized test methods are therefore based on 10 or

more measurements. The result is generally the average of these measurements.

Uncertainty has multiple components including a random component and a systematic component.

This document focuses on the random component, defined by a repeatability and reproducibility of the

measurements.
There are four main purposes for testing:

— Research, where the main question is whether there is an expected maximum difference between

two samples, for instance, papers produced using different pulp mixtures.

— Verification of conformance with a specification. This can be at the production central testing

laboratory site or in an independent laboratory.

— Evaluation of a new test method, where the aim is to verify that the precision of the test method is

acceptable.

— Determination of a precision statement for an existing test method either where one does not exist

or where it requires revision.

When the uncertainty of a test method is to be expressed, the following aspects should be considered.

— The conditions for the tests. Are the conditions as similar as possible, or as different as possible?

— The uncertainty can be expressed in different statistical measures, as a standard deviation or as a

confidence interval.

— The uncertainty can be expressed either as a variation in the test results themselves, or as the

difference between two test results.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION ISO/TS 24498:2022(E)
Paper, board and pulps — Estimation of uncertainty for
test methods by interlaboratory comparisons
1 Scope

This document presents guidelines for a methodology for the estimation of the uncertainty of methods

for testing lignins and kraft liquors, pulps, paper, board, cellulosic nanomaterials, as well as products

thereof containing any portion of recycled material or material intended for recycling.

2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 187, Paper, board and pulps — Standard atmosphere for conditioning and testing and procedure for

monitoring the atmosphere and conditioning of samples
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at https:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
interlaboratory comparison

organization, performance and evaluation of measurements or tests on the same or similar items by

two or more laboratories in accordance with predetermined conditions
[SOURCE: ISO 13528:2015, 3.1]
3.2
interlaboratory test

series of measurements of one or more quantities performed independently by a number of laboratories

on samples of a given material
[SOURCE: ISO 11459:1997, 3.16]
3.3
repeatability condition of measurement
repeatability condition

condition of measurement, out of a set of conditions that includes the same measurement procedure,

same operators, same measuring system, same operating conditions and same location, and replicate

measurements on the same or similar objects over a short period of time

Note 1 to entry: A condition of measurement is a repeatability condition only with respect to a specified set of

repeatability conditions.

Note 2 to entry: In chemistry, the term “intra-serial precision condition of measurement” is sometimes used to

designate this concept.
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[SOURCE: JCGM 200:2012, 2.20]
3.4
repeatability limit

value less than or equal to which the absolute difference between two test results obtained under

repeatability conditions is expected to be with a probability of 95 %
[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.5
repeatability standard deviation
standard deviation of test results obtained under repeatability test conditions
[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.6
reproducibility condition of measurement
reproducibility condition

condition of measurement, out of a set of conditions that includes different locations, operators,

measuring systems, and replicate measurements on the same or similar objects

Note 1 to entry: The different measuring systems may use different measurement procedures.

Note 2 to entry: A specification should give the conditions changed and unchanged, to the extent practical.

[SOURCE: JCGM 200:2012, 2.24]
3.7
reproducibility limit

value less than or equal to which the absolute difference between two test results obtained under

reproducibility conditions is expected to be with a probability of 95 %
[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.8
reproducibility standard deviation

standard deviation of test results obtained under reproducibility test conditions

[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.9
uncertainty

non-negative parameter which characterizes the variability in the values obtained

from measurements
4 Procedure

The preferred procedure is for an expert from the working group responsible for developing an ISO

Standard to organize the interlaboratory testing while the standard is being developed.

In these conditions, tests are performed with commercially available materials, as uniform and stable

as possible, utilizing test instruments which are also available on the market and in the participating

laboratories. A call for participation of laboratories outside of the working group may be permitted.

In the case where an interlaboratory test cannot be implemented by the working group, the use of

comparative testing services data (for example from pulp and paper, collaborative testing services

round robins, or CEPI Comparative Testing Service) are recommended. In this case, the most recent

data should be provided and recalculated in the format used in the ISO/TC 6 standards.

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ISO/TS 24498:2022(E)

If neither of the two first options are possible, bibliographic data should be reported.

5 Preparation of an interlaboratory study
5.1 Laboratories
5.1.1 Qualification of laboratories

Any laboratory that would be considered qualified to run the test is permitted and encouraged to

participate in the interlaboratory study.

Laboratories shall be properly equipped to follow all details of the procedure, including climate

conditions when specified, and be willing to assign the work to a skilled operator on a timely basis with

competent personnel having knowledge of the materials and of the property to be tested.

In many situations it is preferable that participating laboratories meet the requirements of

[4]

ISO/IEC 17025 or equivalent, or that at least they participate in a comparative testing service and

have been shown to be competent in the test for which the precision data is being obtained.

The decision on permitting a laboratory to participate should be based on information provided to

the working group, including information as to the required time for calibrating the apparatus and for

testing all of the materials.
5.1.2 Number of participating laboratories

It is recommended to include at least eight laboratories to obtain a valid estimate of the uncertainty

associated with the test method.

No interlaboratory round robin test should be performed with less than five laboratories.

5.2 Sample preparation and distribution
5.2.1 Number and type of material

The number and types of materials to be included in the interlaboratory study should cover the range

of the values of the property being measured and be representative of the number of types or classes

of materials to which the test method is to be applied. It also should cover each scale of the instrument

(e.g. Scott Bond) if applicable.

If the interlaboratory study is restricted in any of these areas, the omitted information should be

reported in the precision statement.
5.2.2 Selection of the material
5.2.2.1 General

The sampling procedure shall be appropriate to the property to be assessed and the type of material

(pulp, paper, board or cellulosic nanomaterial).

It is up to the person responsible for the interlaboratory study to check if the material selected is

suitable or not. If not, the material shall be changed.

It is also up to the person responsible for the interlaboratory study to check if the property is normally

distributed. When normality of distribution cannot be proven, it is advised to group the data. One can

also use comparability techniques, i.e. to compare the average mean differences between laboratories,

once the consistency of data coming from these laboratories is also proven graphically.

...

TECHNICAL ISO/TS
SPECIFICATION 24498
First edition
Paper, board and pulps — Estimation
of uncertainty for test methods by
interlaboratory comparisons
PROOF/ÉPREUVE
Reference number
ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
© ISO 2021
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ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DOCUMENT
© ISO 2021

All rights reserved. Unless otherwise specified, or required in the context of its implementation, no part of this publication may

be reproduced or utilized otherwise in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, or posting on

the internet or an intranet, without prior written permission. Permission can be requested from either ISO at the address below

or ISO’s member body in the country of the requester.
ISO copyright office
CP 401 • Ch. de Blandonnet 8
CH-1214 Vernier, Geneva
Phone: +41 22 749 01 11
Email: copyright@iso.org
Website: www.iso.org
Published in Switzerland
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ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions .................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Procedure ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................2

5 Preparation of an interlaboratory study ................................................................................................................................... 3

5.1 Laboratories ........................................................................................................................................... ................................................... 3

5.1.1 Qualification of laboratories .................................................................................................................................... 3

5.1.2 Number of participating laboratories ............................................................................................................. 3

5.2 Sample preparation and distribution ................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.1 Number and type of material .................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.2 Selection of the material .............................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.3 Identification and packaging ................................................................................................................................... 5

5.2.4 Additional and specific care ..................................................................................................................................... 5

5.3 Documentation for the interlaboratory study ............................................................................................................ 5

6 Testing............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6

7 Analysis of the results ....................................................................................................................................................................................6

7.1 Calculations ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.2 Case of interlaboratory study organised by the working group ................................................................ 7

7.2.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 7

7.2.2 Consistency evaluation ................................................................................................................................................. 7

7.2.3 Handling of outlying data ........................................................................................................................................... 7

7.3 Case of data provided from proficiency testing services ................................................................................. 7

8 Re-evaluation of the uncertainty ....................................................................................................................................................... 8

9 Report .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

10 Archiving raw data ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 8

Annex A (informative) Tappi and ISO codifications ............................................................................................................................ 9

Annex B (informative) Example of a recommended form to be distributed to participating

laboratories for the collation of results for analysis ..................................................................................................10

Annex C (informative) Example of precision statements for physical properties ...........................................11

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

iii
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ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www.iso.org/directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of

any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or

on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www.iso.org/patents).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to

the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) see

www.iso.org/iso/foreword.html.

This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 6, Paper, board and pulps.

This first edition cancels and replaces the second edition of ISO/TR 24498:2019, which has been

technically revised.
The main changes are as follows:
— ISO/TR 24498 has been changed into ISO/TS 24498 adding normative language

— Introduction of lignins and kraft liquors in the scope of the document, and a subclause on the

sampling of these materials in 5.2
— Updated subclause 7.3.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www.iso.org/members.html.
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ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
Introduction

One step in the development of any new standard test method is to estimate the uncertainty of the

method. After such a procedure, a "Precision statement" is usually included in ISO test methods for pulp,

paper and board and is recommended by ISO/TC 6 for all new and revised ISO/TC 6 standards. This is

normally performed in a precision experiment, in which samples are sent to a number of laboratories

and the results are compared. Such a precision experiment is often referred to as "interlaboratory

comparative testing".
[1]

The procedures for conducting a precision statement are outlined in the ISO 5725 series , which is

general and does not cover the special conditions that apply in the testing of pulp, paper, board and

cellulosic nanomaterials (this is the reason why some countries have published national standards or

[2][3]
test methods dedicated to pulp, paper and board ).

For example, paper and board materials as well as cellulosic nanomaterials are very sensitive to changes

in relative humidity and temperature. Changes in the environmental conditions may induce significant

moisture content variations in paper and board, which may induce changes in physical and mechanical

properties.

Due to product heterogeneity, randomisation of the samples and /or test pieces is essential to minimize

the impact of such variability. For the same reason, the variation in the properties can increase

drastically when the test piece size decreases, for example when measuring grammage or Cobb water

absorptiveness.

These reasons make it necessary to have special instructions for precision experiments for pulp, paper,

board and cellulosic nanomaterials.

One effect of the heterogeneity of the product is that a large number of measurements is required in

order to achieve sufficient precision. Most standardized test methods are therefore based on 10 or

more measurements. The result is generally the average of these measurements.

Uncertainty has multiple components including a random component and a systematic component.

This document focuses on the random component, defined by a repeatability and reproducibility of the

measurements.
There are four main purposes for testing:

— Research, where the main question is whether there is an expected maximum difference between

two samples, for instance, papers produced using different pulp mixtures.

— Verification of conformance with a specification. This can be at the production central testing

laboratory site or in an independent laboratory.

— Evaluation of a new test method, where the aim is to verify that the precision of the test method is

acceptable.

— Determination of a precision statement for an existing test method either where one does not exist

or where it requires revision.

When the uncertainty of a test method is to be expressed, the following aspects should be considered.

— The conditions for the tests. Are the conditions as similar as possible, or as different as possible?

— The uncertainty can be expressed in different statistical measures, as a standard deviation or as a

confidence interval.

— The uncertainty can be expressed either as a variation in the test results themselves, or as the

difference between two test results.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
Paper, board and pulps — Estimation of uncertainty for
test methods by interlaboratory comparisons
1 Scope

This document presents guidelines for a methodology for the estimation of the uncertainty of methods

for testing lignins and kraft liquors, pulps, paper, board, cellulosic nanomaterials, as well as products

thereof containing any portion of recycled material or material intended for recycling.

2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 187, Paper, board and pulps — Standard atmosphere for conditioning and testing and procedure for

monitoring the atmosphere and conditioning of samples
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at https:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
interlaboratory comparison

organization, performance and evaluation of measurements or tests on the same or similar items by

two or more laboratories in accordance with predetermined conditions
[SOURCE: ISO 13528:2015, 3.1]
3.2
interlaboratory test

series of measurements of one or more quantities performed independently by a number of laboratories

on samples of a given material
[SOURCE: ISO 11459:1997, 3.16]
3.3
repeatability condition of measurement
repeatability condition

condition of measurement, out of a set of conditions that includes the same measurement procedure,

same operators, same measuring system, same operating conditions and same location, and replicate

measurements on the same or similar objects over a short period of time

Note 1 to entry: A condition of measurement is a repeatability condition only with respect to a specified set of

repeatability conditions.

Note 2 to entry: In chemistry, the term “intra-serial precision condition of measurement” is sometimes used to

designate this concept.
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ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)
[SOURCE: JCGM 200:2012, 2.20]
3.4
repeatability limit

value less than or equal to which the absolute difference between two test results obtained under

repeatability conditions is expected to be with a probability of 95 %
[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.5
repeatability standard deviation
standard deviation of test results obtained under repeatability test conditions
[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.6
reproducibility condition of measurement
reproducibility condition

condition of measurement, out of a set of conditions that includes different locations, operators,

measuring systems, and replicate measurements on the same or similar objects

Note 1 to entry: The different measuring systems may use different measurement procedures.

Note 2 to entry: A specification should give the conditions changed and unchanged, to the extent practical.

[SOURCE: JCGM 200:2012, 2.24]
3.7
reproducibility limit

value less than or equal to which the absolute difference between two test results obtained under

reproducibility conditions is expected to be with a probability of 95 %
[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.8
reproducibility standard deviation

standard deviation of test results obtained under reproducibility test conditions

[SOURCE: ISO 3534-2:2006]
3.9
uncertainty

non-negative parameter which characterizes the variability in the values obtained

from measurements
4 Procedure

The preferred procedure is for an expert from the working group responsible for developing an ISO

Standard to organize the interlaboratory testing while the standard is being developed.

In these conditions, tests are performed with commercially available materials, as uniform and stable

as possible, utilizing test instruments which are also available on the market and in the participating

laboratories. A call for participation of laboratories outside of the working group may be permitted.

In the case where an interlaboratory test cannot be implemented by the working group, the use of

comparative testing services data (for example from pulp and paper, collaborative testing services

round robins, or CEPI Comparative Testing Service) are recommended. In this case, the most recent

data should be provided and recalculated in the format used in the ISO/TC 6 standards.

PROOF/ÉPREUVE © ISO 2021 – All rights reserved
---------------------- Page: 7 ----------------------
ISO/TS 24498:2021(E)

If neither of the two first options are possible, bibliographic data should be reported.

5 Preparation of an interlaboratory study
5.1 Laboratories
5.1.1 Qualification of laboratories

Any laboratory that would be considered qualified to run the test is permitted and encouraged to

participate in the interlaboratory study.

Laboratories shall be properly equipped to follow all details of the procedure, including climate

conditions when specified, and be willing to assign the work to a skilled operator on a timely basis with

competent personnel having knowledge of the materials and of the property to be tested.

In many situations it is preferable that participating laboratories meet the requirements of

[4]

ISO/IEC 17025 or equivalent, or that at least they participate in a comparative testing service and

have been shown to be competent in the test for which the precision data is being obtained.

The decision on permitting a laboratory to participate should be based on information provided to

the working group, including information as to the required time for calibrating the apparatus and for

testing all of the materials.
5.1.2 Number of participating laboratories

It is recommended to include at least eight laboratories to obtain a valid estimate of the uncertainty

associated with the test method.

No interlaboratory round robin test should be performed with less than five laboratories.

5.2 Sample preparation and distribution
5.2.1 Number and type of material

The number and types of materials to be included in the interlaboratory study should cover the range

of the values of the property being measured and be representative of the number of types or classes

of materials to which the test method is to be applied. It also should cover each scale of the instrument

(e.g. Scott Bond) if applicable.

If the interlaboratory study is restricted in any of these areas, the omitted information should be

reported in the precision statement.
5.2.2 Selection of the material
5.2.2.1 General

The sampling procedure shall be appropriate to the property to be assessed and the type of material

(pulp, paper, board or cellulosic nanomaterial).

It is up to the person responsible for the interlaboratory study to check if the material selected is

suitable or not. If not, the material shall be changed.

It is also up to the person responsible for the interlaboratory study to check if the property is normally

distributed. When normality of distribution cannot be proven, it is advised to group the data. One can

also use comparability techniques, i.e. to compare the average mean differences between laboratories,

once the consistency of data coming from these laboratories is also proven graphically.

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