Certified Reference Materials (CRMs)

Announcing the NBL Program Office
February 23, 2016


For some time, New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) has struggled to produce new, and ship existing, nuclear reference materials.  The cost and effort required to maintain a compliant nuclear facility as a stand-alone operation in a large and aging building is simply not sustainable.  To address these issues, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science is adopting a new business model to continue NBL’s vital mission to produce, sell, and deliver certified nuclear reference materials (CRMs) in a more efficient, effective and sustainable manner.

Effective May 15, 2016, the Office of Science is reorganizing New Brunswick Laboratory, resulting in a new NBL Program Office that is independent of the facility and focused entirely on mission performance and managing the CRM production program.  Another new organization will be tasked to address the legacy materials remaining in the current laboratory building, distribute existing CRMs at the program’s request, and assist in ultimately relocating the NBL material inventory to appropriate locations within the DOE complex. 

The new NBL Program Office will continue NBL’s core mission elements:  overseeing production and distribution of reference materials, certifying reference materials, re-establishing the measurement evaluation program, and providing technical support to DOE and other organizations in areas related to reference materials and measurement quality. 

In order to fulfill its mission, the NBL Program Office will work closely with DOE and other agencies to identify critical needs and develop long-term program plans.  An Interagency Working Group will be formed, composed of DOE and other US government stakeholders, in order to provide the Program Office with strategic guidance and long-term planning.  The NBL Program Office will also continue to work closely with the DOE national laboratories.  Technical Working Groups, composed of DOE contractor and other technical experts, will be formed as needed to address particular technical challenges related to reference material production and needs. 

The new NBL Program Office will be formally established on May 15th.  We will be gradually increasing the rate of CRM deliveries over the coming months.  For those that have been waiting, we sincerely apologize for the delay and rest assured we are working hard to meet customer needs. 

The Department recognizes that the NBL Program Office mission is vital.  This effort will preserve NBL’s high technical standards, enable improved CRM project planning and execution, and ensure reliable delivery of materials and services in support of our customers needs. 

Should you have questions please contact Pete Mason at peter.mason@science.doe.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy, New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) provides Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for use in nuclear and nuclear-related analytical measurement activities. NBL maintains a catalog which lists and describes the CRMs currently available to both governmental and private organizations within the international nuclear community. Availability is consistent with existing U.S. regulations and international agreements regarding possession of such materials. For a current catalogue of materials, price list and ordering information, please use the links below.

For more information and special request inquiries, please contact the NBL Sales Office by email at usdoe.nbl@science.doe.gov, telephone at (630) 252-2767 or by fax at (630) 252-6256.

For more information on programs and services available at New Brunswick Laboratory, please see NBL Points of Contact.

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