Accreditation and Quality Assurance

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List of Papers (Total 175)

The importance of cooling of urine samples for doping analysis

Storing and transporting of urine samples for doping analysis, as performed by the anti-doping organizations associated with the World Anti-Doping Agency, does not include a specific protocol for cooled transport from the place of urine sampling to the doping laboratory, although low cost cooling facilities can easily be made available. As a result, microbial and thermal...

Monitoring performance of nucleic acid-based diagnostic measurement system users by EQA

External quality assurance (EQA) programmes allow a laboratory to monitor independently its performance and provide feedback to identify and investigate potential areas of concern. However, both the definition of appropriate ‘performance indicators’ and their statistical analysis vary across EQA providers. Typically, performance scores have an unknown statistical distribution and...

All PT roads led to Rome: Proficiency Testing Workshop

For 3 days in October 2008, “the eternal city” became the global centre for proficiency testing (PT) and external quality assurance (EQA). Building on the success of their previous workshops, the EURACHEM Proficiency Testing Working Group organised the 6th Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine in association with EQALM and...

What is our best measurand when measuring “something” in “something”?

The specified entity embedded in the matrix materialIn the previous Editorial we addressed the task of measuring a suitable measurand related to the matrix material.We now turn to the task of finding a suitable measurand related to the specified entity contained in a sample of the complex matrix material. The mass of it evidently contributes to the mass of the sample of the...