Project: Certified forensic alcohol reference materials

Acronym 16RPT02 ALCOREF (Reference Number: 16RPT02)
Duration 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020
Project Topic More widespread alcohol testing for drivers, especially the Baltics and Southern Europe where alcohol related accidents are high, is seen as a key measure in reducing road deaths. Access to breathalysers of agreed standards across Europe is key to this. To accurately calibrate these breathalysers, there is a need for standardised test gases similar to human breath with defined concentrations of alcohol. Currently, only two European NMIs produce such gases.The project will build production capabilities for ethanol/water reference materials and analytical methods for quantifying ethanol in water at NMIs/DIs across Europe, allowing them to reproducibly create alcohol reference materials traceable to the SI. Each NMI will develop a strategy for the long-term development of their measurement and production capabilities, aligned with a European wide approach. Wider access to certified reference materials will allow manufacturers of breathalysers to meet common standards and so support better enforcement of drink driving laws across Europe.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2016

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Coordinator Germany
2 Biroul Roman de Metrologie Legala Partner Romania
3 Centro Español de Metrología Partner Spain
4 Central Office of Measures Partner Poland
5 Institut za mjeriteljstvo Bosne i Hercegovine Partner Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
7 Ministarstvo privrede Direkcija za mere i dragocene metale Partner Serbia
8 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Turkey
9 Valstybinis mokslinių tyrimų institutas Fizinių ir technologijos mokslų centras Partner Lithuania
10 Independent Authority for Public Revenue Partner Greece
11 Uniwersytet Warszawski Partner Poland