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Standard: 2003 NELAC
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I'm trying to determine if NELAC requires that the weight sets used to verify balances prior to use MUST be Class 1.


(Quality System Expert Committee/NELAP Accreditation Council, 3-x-11)

A laboratory may use any class to verify the balance if the weights are traceable to a national standard.

A Class 1 (or "S") weight is normally considered a reference standard, but may be used as a working standard. If the laboratory has designated the weight as a reference standard, the weight may only be used for calibration (i.e. calibrating/checking working standards).

Standards that are used for daily calibrations ( must be traceable to NIST. The Class1 or “S” weights can be used to verify the working standards, since these are traceable to NIST.