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Mercury levels in soil – new environmental reference materials from LGC Standards

03 Nov 2011

Environmental reference material for mercury in soil available from LGC Standards

LGC Standards expands its range of certified reference materials (CRMs) for environmental factors with the introduction of three new materials for mercury in soil.

One of the most significant contributors to mercury in the environment is from mining activities, driving specific requirements for environmental testing. To ensure test results are reliable and of the required quality, laboratories need high quality reference materials of appropriate mercury concentrations. This has led to an increase in the demand for CRMs for mercury in soil, where availability to date has been limited. To respond to this worldwide demand, the Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia (CGL) has now developed three new certified reference materials for mercury based on mineral and natural soil.

Manufactured under the CGL’s ISO 17025 accreditation and strictly following the requirements of  ISO 30 - 35 guidelines, these three new CRMs for mercury in soil are now available from LGC Standards in 30g or 50g units.

For further information about these three new mercury in soil reference materials, or to place an order please visit the LGC Standards webshop (www.lgcstandards.com), contact your local LGC Standards sales office or email: askus@lgcstandards.com

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About Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia

The Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia (CGL) was founded in 1957 and specialises in analysing the quantitative chemical and mineralogical composition of geological materials. Modern analytical techniques such as AAS, ICP-OES and WD-XRF are applied and regular participation in GeoPT ensures best practices. Since 2000 the CGL has been accredited for testing by the Mongolian National Agency for Metrology and Standardisation (MASM). In 2005 the CGL attained ISO17025 accreditation and is now aiming to become an accredited reference material producer according to ISO Guide 34. In addition to having offered analytical services for 35 years, the CGL has also been producing certified reference materials. So far 50 materials of various kinds have been certified.