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|Title:||Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine: Working Discussions on Current Practice and Future Directions|
|Authors:||BELLI Maria; BROOKMAN Brian; DE LA CALLE GUNTINAS Maria Beatriz; JAMES Vivienne; KOCH Michael; MAJCEN Nineta; MENDITTO Antonio; NOBLETT Tracey; PERISSI Roberto; VAN PUTTEN Kees; ROBOUCH Piotr; SLAPOKAS Tommy; TAYLOR Philip; THOLEN Daniel; THOMAS Annette; TYLEE Barry|
|Citation:||ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE vol. 14 no. 8-9 p. 507-512|
|Type:||Contributions to Conferences|
|Abstract:||A summary of the working group (WG) discussions on proficiency testing (PT) and external quality assessment (EQA) held at the Eurachem Workshop, Rome, 5-7 October 2008 is provided. The eight WG's covered a range of issues concerned with current practice and future directions; how frequently should laboratories participate in PT/EQA? (WG1); developments in PT/EQA within the EU - what is required in future? (WG2); what issues do developing countries face with regards to PT/EQA? (WG3), what issues are specific to microbiology PT/EQA? (WG4); what new fields are emerging for PT/EQA? (WG5); what will be the impact of the new ISO/IEC 17043 standard? (WG6); do current PT/EQA schemes meet the needs of participants? (WG7); and what are the issues that affect the quality of proficiency test items? (WG8). Delegates with different backgrounds were on each WG in order to capture a range of views and experience from a number of different sectors. Working group representatives included PT/EQA providers, participants in PT/EQA schemes and end users of PT results such as accreditation bodies and regulatory authorities, from countries around the world.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements|
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