TERMS OF REFERENCE

What JCOMM required:

What we have done:

(a)An RMIC must have, or have access to, the necessary facilities and laboratory equipment to perform the functions necessary for the calibration of meteorological and related oceanographic instruments deployed to address the common requirements of WMO and UNESCO/IOC marine-related programmes and co-sponsored programmes;

RMIC/AP has set up marine metrological devices and methods, and provides test and calibration services concerning temperature, salinity, wave, tide, current, marine chemistry and marine meteorology.

(b)An RMIC must maintain a set of meteorological and oceanographic standard instruments or references and establish the traceability of its own measurement standards and measuring instruments to the International System of Units (SI);

RMIC/AP is maintaining a huge set of meteorological and oceanographic standard instruments or references, and for which traceability to the International System of Units (SI) is ensured.

(c)An RMIC must have qualified managerial and technical staff with the necessary experience to fulfill its functions;

RMIC/APowns a technical team with solid theory, abundant experience ,all the technical staff carrying out the calibration has passed the qualification accreditation.

(d) An RMIC must develop its individual technical procedures for the calibration of meteorological and related oceanographic instruments using its own calibration equipment;

RMIC/APhas developed Most of  individual technical procedures for the calibration of meteorological and related oceanographic instruments using its own calibration equipments.

(e)An RMIC must develop its individual quality assurance procedures;

RMIC/APhas implemented TQM (Total Quality Management) since 1985, and established quality system management referring to the relevant international and national laboratory management standards, which in strict accordance with the requirements of ISO / IEC 17025 and JJF1069.

(f)An RMIC must participate in, or organize, inter-laboratory comparisons of standard calibration instruments and methods;

RMIC/AP actively organizedor participated  in the inter-comparison of laboratory instruments and methods. Such as carried out the comparison between China Primary Standard Seawater and IAPSO Standard Seawater at regular intervals and national inter-comparisons separately focused on salinity meter and hygrothermograph; participated in proficiency testing programme on the determination of sulphate, conductivity, pH and colour in waters by Proficiency Testing Australia (PTA)

(g)An RMIC must utilize the resources and capabilities of its region of interest according to the region’s best interests, when appropriate;

RMIC/APfocus on strengthen the cooperation and communication with Members and Member States in the Asia-Pacific region,a Liaison Group for Marine Instrumentation in the Asia Pacific (LGMI/AP) is being established.

(h)An RMIC must apply international standards applicable for calibration laboratories, such as ISO/IEC 17025, to the extent possible;

RMIC/AP apply ISO/IEC 17025, and passed the assessment of metrology accreditation, laboratory accreditation, CNCA and China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in Dec. 2007, and obtained Metrology Accreditation Certificate, China Authorization Certificate and Laboratory Accreditation Certificate .

(i)A recognized authority  must assess an RMIC, at least every five years, to verify its capabilities and performance.

RMIC/APhas passed the assessment in 2007, 2010 ,2013 which is organized every three years.

(j)An RMIC must assist Members/ Member States of its region in calibrating their national meteorological standards and related oceanographic monitoring instruments according to the RMIC capabilities;

RMIC/APprovides to Members/Member States calibration and test services for seawater temperature, conductivity,  pressure, tides and waves instruments

(k)An RMIC must participate in, or organize, JCOMM and/or regional instrument inter-comparisons, following relevant JCOMM recommendations

RMIC/APwas authorized to coordinate global inter-comparison activities of marine instruments in the fourth Session of JCOMM (JCOMM Ⅳ) held in Yeosu, Korea in May 2012.

RMIC/APis organizing the first “JCOMM Inter-comparison Pilot project for seawater salinity measurements”

(l)An RMIC must make a positive contribution to Members/Members/Member States regarding the quality of measurements;

RMIC/APactively organizes workshops and instrument inter-comparisons, and provides calibration and test services.It is expected that, through participating in RMIC/AP`s activities, the capacities of Members/Member Statesin terms of ocean measurements will be enhanced, the measurements performed by those countries will become more coherent and better traceable to SI units, and the quality of their measurements will improve and become better known.

(m)An RMIC must advise Members/Member States on enquiries regarding instrument performance, maintenance and the availability of relevant guidance materials;

RMIC/APhas translated two specifications of China calibration practices and share them with Members/Member States in the Asia Pacific region;

-- Metrological Verification Regulation for CTD Measuring Instruments;

--Metrological Verification Regulation for The Gravitational Acceleration Wave Buoy.

(n)An RMIC must actively participate, or assist, in the organization of regional workshops on meteorological and related oceanographic instruments and measurements;

RMIC/APhas held three marine instrumentation workshops in Tianjin during 2011-1013.

(o)The RMIC must cooperate with other RMICs in the standardization of meteorological and related oceanographic measurements and sensors;

RMIC/APactively participated the workshops organized by other RMICs. 

(p)An RMIC must regularly inform Members/Members/Member States and report, on an annual basis, to the JCOMM Management Committee on the services offered to Members/Members/Member States and the activities carried out. JCOMM in turn should keep the Executive Councils of WMO and UNESCO/IOC informed on the status and activities of the RMICs, and proposes changes, as required.

RMIC/AP reports to the JCOMM Management Committee annually.

RMIC/AP has a specialized web-site www.rmicap.org.cn.