A reference low-pH concrete and paste mix were manufactured within the Cebama-project. Reference mixtures were casted at VTT in March 2016 and were distributed among some of the Cebama partners. Reference mix designs will be used by different partners as a common material to study their behaviour in contact with waters of different composition and interaction with radionuclides. Additionally, these materials will be used for model calibration. This article provides a summary of the characterization methods used by different partners and gives an overview of the experiments which will be made in the future with the reference materials.