Reference Materials

The mission of this working group is to be a forum for discussing and developing reference material standards for microbial researchers.

The goals of the group include:

  • Collating and disseminating information about existing reference material standards;

  • Advocating for the reporting of data from reference material standards; and

  • Advancing their availability and usefulness


We interpret "reference material standards" as any physical material that can be used for quality control, validation, diagnostics, and standardization in metagenomic, microbiome, or multi-omics workflows. The group represents stakeholders in clinical, academic, industry, and government settings.


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