Proficiency testing in analytical chemistry, microbiology and laboratory medicine: discussions on current practice and future directions

Brian Brookman, Owen Butler, Laura Ciaralli, Monika Horsky, Caroline Laurent, Tracey Noblett, Ulf Örnemark, Marina Patriarca, Lorens P. Sibbesen, Ulla Tiikkainen, Kees van Putten, Piotr Robouch

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Abstract

A summary of the working group discussions on proficiency testing (PT) and external quality assessment (EQA) held at the Eurachem Workshop, Portorož, Slovenia, 9–12 October 2017, is provided. The working groups covered a range of issues concerned with current practice and future directions; the importance of interpretative PT/EQA schemes; changes to PT/EQA schemes in developing countries over the last 10 years; implementing ISO/IEC 17043 for sampling PT/EQA schemes; traditional versus virtual PT/EQA items; experience of the implementation of EA-4/18; and use and treatment of measurement uncertainty in PT/EQA schemes. Delegates from fifty-two countries attended the workshop, and this diversity of different backgrounds was represented on each of the working groups to capture a range of views and experience from a number of different measurement sectors. Working group representatives included PT/EQA providers, participants in PT/EQA schemes, end users of PT/EQA results such as accreditation bodies and regulatory authorities, national measurement institutes, laboratory associations, suppliers, universities and independent consultants from countries around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalAccreditation and Quality Assurance
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 2019

Keywords

  • External quality assessment
  • Measurement uncertainty
  • Performance evaluation
  • Proficiency testing
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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