The IAG has been a liaison member of ISO/REMCO since 2005. The two current IAG representatives are Thomas Meisel and Jacinta Enzweiler, who have not only contributed on behalf of the IAG, but also as representatives for all areas of earth sciences where reference materials are used.
ISO/REMCO (www.iso.org/remco) is the ISO Committee on Reference Materials that carries out and encourages a broad international effort for the harmonization and promotion of reference materials, their production and their application. Its vision is to be the global centre of excellence with respect to issues relating to reference materials.
The Committee, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2006, has so far developed six ISO Guides and has contributed to symposia, workshops and congresses. The activities of ISO/REMCO focus on procedures for the production and use of reference materials. To fulfill this mandate, ISO/REMCO interacts with both stakeholders and clients.
Objectives of ISO/REMCO
To establish definitions, concepts and classification of reference materials for use by ISO
To determine the basic characteristics of reference materials as required by their intended use
To formulate criteria for the selection of publications referenced in ISO documents
To propose, as far as necessary, actions on reference material issues required to support other ISO activities
To prepare guidelines for technical committees when dealing with reference material issues in ISO documents
To deal with matters within the competence of the Committee, in relation with other international organizations and to advise the ISO Technical Management Board on actions to be taken.