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CEN/TS 16976 and 17434:2020 pertain to the measurement of ultrafine particles (UFP) in the atmosphere. Their goal is to harmonize (i.e. make consistent) the measurement techniques used for measuring the particle number concentration (CEN/TS 16976:2016) and particle size distribution (CEN/TS 17434:2020). Such ‘harmonization’ ensures that data from various sites can more easily be compared. Instrument performance issues, of course, erode data quality, and undermine the extent to which data can be compared. How can the accurate performance of these continuous-use instruments be confirmed?
The authors of the CEN specifications understand the importance of periodically validating, and occasionally calibrating, the Condensation Particle Counters (CPCs) and Mobility Particle Size Spectrometer (MPSS, i.e. SMPS™) systems used in CEN-compliant ambient air monitoring efforts.
The 16976:2016 and 17434:2020 specifications require that certain performance confirmation (i.e. ‘validation’) steps be taken at designated frequencies. TSI can support you in your efforts to validate your CEN-related instrumentation. These validation actions, their designated frequency, and the TSI instrumentation relevant to each step are as follows:
Annual calibration is required by both CEN standards; this necessitates sending the instruments in question to a calibration center such as are overseen by the European Center for Aerosol Calibration (ECAC).
During a formal calibration, the performance of the instrument is examined in greater detail than can be done in the field. In some cases, if an adjustment to the instrument is found to be necessary, the calibration center may be able to perform the adjustment. After all tests are passed, the result is an instrument that produces accurate data, and is thus ready for re-deployment for continuous monitoring in compliance with the CEN specification(s).
Contact TSI for guidance regarding either establishing a new CEN-compliant ultrafine particle monitoring solution, or ensuring that your operating procedure for your TSI CEN-SMPS™ is compliant with CEN requirements.