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Sigma-Aldrich Achieves Double Accreditation as a Certified Reference Material Producer Following ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO Guide 34

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich(TM) (Nasdaq: SIAL) announced that its laboratory for the production of Certified Reference Materials (CRM) in Buchs, Switzerland, received double accreditation following ISO/IEC 17025 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" and ISO Guide 34 "General requirements for the competence of reference material producers."

For Reference Materials producers, this combination of accreditations is the highest achievable level of quality assurance. CRM, which are produced under these guidelines, are characterized by highest accuracy and comprehensive documentation. The certificates contain all information about purity, traceability, uncertainty and expiration dates, as well as handling and storing instructions. With the recently introduced TraceCERT(R) product line (, Sigma-Aldrich has launched its first CRM series produced under this double accreditation.

"In analytical chemistry, the reliability of products is of crucial importance, because it directly impacts our customers' results. This double accreditation confirms our outstanding expertise as a producer of analytical standards. It recognizes our efforts in R&D, Quality Control and production and brings us into a leading position. We are very proud to join a select group of institutes and companies worldwide working at this level of certified quality," said Dave Julien, President of the Research Specialties business unit at Sigma-Aldrich.

About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Its biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical and other high technology manufacturing. The Company has customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals, and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use its products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 36 countries and has 7,800 employees providing excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to Accelerating Customer Success through Leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its award-winning Web site at

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