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IUPAC/CITAC Guide: Selection and use of proficiency testing schemes for a limited number of participants—chemical analytical laboratories (IUPAC Technical Report)

  • Ilya Kuselman and Aleš Fajgelj

A metrological background for implementation of proficiency testing (PT) schemes for a limited number of participating laboratories (fewer than 30) is discussed. Such schemes should be based on the use of certified reference materials (CRMs) with traceable property values to serve as PT items whose composition is unknown to the participants. It is shown that achieving quality of PT results in the framework of the concept “tested once, accepted everywhere” requires both metrological comparability and compatibility of these results. The possibility of assessing collective/group performance of PT participants by comparison of the PT consensus value (mean or median of the PT results) with the certified value of the test items is analyzed. Tabulated criteria for this assessment are proposed. Practical examples are described for illustration of the issues discussed.

Project Year: 2005, Project Code: 2005-019-2-500


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