Go Back


The primary objectives of calibration are:

  1. To ensure that an instrument is working properly and hence will be suitable for its intended monitoring purpose.
  2. To determine, under a controlled set of standard conditions, the indication of an instrument as a function of the value of the measure and (the quantity intended to be measured). This should be done over the complete range of indication of the instrument.
  3. To adjust the instrument calibration, if possible, so that the overall measurement accuracy of the instrument is optimized.

The IAEA has put together a report intended to serve those who are establishing or operating calibration facilities for radiation monitoring instruments, and a comprehensive range of calibration equipment and techniques.  In addition to presenting a description of calibration facilities and procedures, this Safety Report includes appropriate definitions and describes appropriate methods for the statement of uncertainties in measurements.

Relevant Human Health Website cross-links: Radionuclide Quality Assurance