CRM-DW Elements in drinking water

Within materials in water, ISC-Science produces Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) designed for determination of elements in water intended for human consumption. These materials are produced and certified according to ISO 17034.

Material description

These Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) correspond to solutions of elements in a drinking water matrix using an appropiate low density polyethylene (LDPE) bottle. Subboiling distilled high-purity acid has been used to place the materials in solution and to stabilize the materials.

Intended use

According to ISO Guide 33, these materials can be used for validation and verification of methods, determination of the element concentration and precision and/or bias control. 

Value calculation

Certified concentration values are based on gravimetric preparation and verified according to ISO 17034 and ISO/IEC 17025 by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) using two methods of demonstrable accuracy in one laboratory. The expanded uncertainty stated for each certified value was calculated as U = 2 · u, where k = 2 is the coverage factor for a 95% confidence interval and u is the combined standard uncertainty calculated according to ISO Guide 35. The value of u is intended to represent the combined effect of uncertainty components associated with weighting of methods data and homogeneity and stability data.

Stability of these materials are based upon rigorous long-term (storage conditions) and short-term (transport conditions) testing of the solution for the certified values according to ISO 17034 and ISO Guide 35. These materials are monitored at ISC-Science.

CRM-DW Elemets in drinking water

See below product information


This material contains 29 elements with certified concentration, including elements stated on Directive (EU) 2020/2184 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2020 on the quality of water intended for human consumption(1) at approximated concentration level equivalent to "parametric value" as Directive 2020/2184 defines(1). This material is marketed with the following product information

Reference: CRM-DW1

Volume: 250 ml

Matrix: Natural mineral water

ISO 17034 production: Yes

Metals (and concentration) (2): Ag (25 ug/l), Al (200 ug/l), As (10 ug/l), B (1 mg/l), Ba (40 ug/l), Be (5 ug/l), Ca (65 mg/l), Cd (5 ug/l), Co (5 ug/l), Cr (50 ug/l), Cu (2 mg/l), Fe (200 ug/l), K (5 mg/l), Li (10 ug/l), Mg (10 mg/l), Mn (50 ug/l), Mo (5 ug/l), Na (75 mg/l), Ni (20 ug/l), Pb (10 ug/l), Sb (5 ug/l), Se (10 ug/l), Sn (20 ug/l), Sr (30 ug/l), Ti (20 ug/l), Tl (5 ug/l), U (5 ug/l), V (5 ug/l) and Zn (100 ug/l). 

 (1) European Legislation (EC-EU), but not exclusive, on the quality of water intended for human consumption.

 (2) Cualitative composition (and target concentration of production [the certified values may differ slighly from values stated here]). 


ISC Science is a Reference Material Producer accredited by ENAC.

Accreditation no.: 3/PMR004. Check the Technical Annex here.

Savillex products and services different than Reference Material Production are not covered by ENAC accreditation no. 3/PMR004.