Certified Reference Materials (CRMs)

Ordering Information

April 30, 2015

In January 2014, the DOE’s Office of Science’s (SC) New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) stopped all nuclear material handling activity as part of an overall review of its mission, facility infrastructure and support programs. During 2014, SC convened a committee which undertook a review of NBL in order to provide recommendations to SC as to the most effective means to accomplish NBL’s mission on an enduring basis. SC leadership is currently working to evaluate the committee’s recommendations and other options in order to provide a sustainable path forward for the NBL mission.

In addition to the development of a long-term plan for the future of the laboratory, NBL is implementing a nuclear material de-inventory project in order to reduce the total inventory to a level that will allow a reduced nuclear hazard status and more efficient material handling operations (shipments) in the future. DOE is committed to the NBL mission. The process to analyze the most effective way to achieve the mission will be completed in the summer of 2015. We expect a decision on the path forward by the end of FY2015. The decision will take into consideration the safety of our workers and the public, our regulatory status, and the needs of our customers.

At this time, NBL continues to perform material handling activities on a restricted basis depending upon the urgent needs of our customers. This includes limited shipping of Certified Reference Materials (CRM’s) and Safeguards Measurement Evaluation (SME) materials. NBL will work with our customers to fulfill their needs based upon a prioritized list of urgent requirements.

NBL is aware of the significant impact to our customers due to our extended stand-down of CRM sales. We sincerely apologize for this delay. As you identify your urgent needs, you may contact the Acting Director at mark.bollinger@science.doe.gov.

Those CRMs that contain plutonium, enriched uranium, or U-233 are defined by 10 CFR 110, and are so noted in the catalog. These CRMs may be purchased domestically only under a valid DOE contractor or NRC license number. Foreign orders for these CRMs must receive individual approval by the U.S. Department of Energy - Headquarters prior to shipment.

Domestic Order Form For Certified Reference Materials

  • Form 540a - 3 pgs 
  • Form 540a - 3 pgs 

Order Form For Reference Materials To Be Exported From The United States

  • Form 540b - 3 pgs 
  • Form 540b - 3 pgs 

Customers are encouraged to submit orders via e-mail or fax. Please send printed, signed form to NBL at:

U.S. Department of Energy
New Brunswick Laboratory, Bldg 350
ATTN: Reference Materials Sales
9800 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439

For more information please contact the Nuclear Materials Sales Office by phone (630) 252-CRMS (2767); Fax: (630) 252-6256 or send an e-mail.

Last modified: 6/5/2015 11:09:23 AM