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The set of operations that establish, under specified conditions, the relationship between values of quantities indicated by a measuring instrument or measuring system, or values represented by a material measure or a reference material, and the corresponding values realized by standards.
NOTE: As used herein, a calibration may also include verification that specified requirements, such as tolerances, performance, or other decision criteria, have been met. It may also include actions to take when requirements have not been met.
Source: ANSI/NCSL Z540.3-2006 Requirements for the Calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment / sub-clause 3.1