Title: Proficiency testing in analytical chemistry, microbiology and laboratory medicine: discussions on current practice and future directions
Authors: BROOKMAN BRIANBUTLER OWENCIARALLI LAURAHORSKY MONIKALAURENT CAROLINENOBLETT TRACEYORNEMARK ULFPATRIARCA MARINASIBBESEN LORENSTIIKKAINEN ULLAVAN PUTTEN KEESROBOUCH PIOTR
Citation: ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE vol. 24 no. 1 p. 93–101
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC111086
ISSN: 0949-1775 (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC111086
DOI: 10.1007/s00769-018-1343-7
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
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 ten 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.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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