An Emerald Badge will be issued to top performing labs.
In previous rounds of The Emerald Test™, badge criteria were based on participant Z scores. To improve and simplify the award process, criteria for quantitative analyses will be based on percent variation of reported values versus the reference value. By default, the reference value will be the certified value reported by the ISO-certified manufacturers; but in cases where the certified value differs from the consensus mean by > 25%, the consensus mean may be used at the discretion of the Advisory Panel. Allowed percent variation from a reference value are based on group results from past tests as well as industry standard values for related tests in established industries. Allowed percent variation may change between rounds of The Emerald Test™.