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Measurement Assurance; NBSIR 77-1240; 1977

Cameron, J.

NBS Internal Report 77-1240; April 1977.

A single measurement can be the basis for actions taken to maintain our health, safety or the quality of our environment. It is important therefore that the errors of measurement be small enough so that the actions taken are only negligibly affected by these errors. We realize this necessity on a personal basis when we consider medical measurements, or our exposure to radioactivity. In any government regulatory action or measurement involved in legal actions it is also obvious that the shadow of doubt surrounding the measurements should be suitably small. But this is no less true for all other measurements in science and industry and even though legal action may not be involved, the validity of scientific inference, the effectiveness of process control, or the quality of production may depend on adequate measurements.

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