On 3 September, the Laboratory for Nuclear Calibration received official recognition from BELMET, the Belgian Network of Metrological Laboratories. It is now the reference laboratory for the realisation and management of the national standards, and for ensuring the convertibility to these standards for ionising radiation metrology in the dosimetrics subsection for Gray and Sievert units.
This recognition applies for both the SCK•CEN laboratory in Mol and the calibration set-up operated in co-operation with Ghent University. Other authorities can use the services of the laboratory for the calibration of their measurement instruments.
This confirmation of expertise also opens the door for membership of international organisations, such as the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET) and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).
SCK•CEN submitted the request for the recognition of the Laboratory for Nuclear Calibration on 20 June 2012, and the Certificate of Recognition was signed by the Minister of Economy, Consumer Affairs and the North Sea, Johan Vande Lanotte, on 3 September. This official confirmation is the result of a great deal of work by the laboratory team within a short space of time.