EURACHEM Newsletter No. 17

Winter 1999/2000


Eurachem Events


Forthcoming Events


ANALYTICA 2000, 17th International Trade Fair and Conference
11 - 14 April 2000, Munich, Germany
(Contact: )



International Conference on Metrology
"Trends and Applications in Calibration and Testing Laboratories"
16 - 18 May, 2000, Jerusalem, Israel


Symposium on Reference Materials for Technologies in the New Millennium
21 - 23 May 2000, BAM Berlin, Germany (see Newsletter 16)



03 - 08 September 2000, Lisbon, Portugal

(Contact: Maria F. Camoes, Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciencias, Departemento de Quimica & Bioquimica, 1700 Lisbon, Portugal. Tel +351 1 390 6138; Fax +351 1 390 0088; )

14th AOAC INTERNATIONAL Annual Meeting & Exposition
10 - 14 September 2000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

(Contact: Carolyn Dell, AOAC INTERNATIONAL, 481 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 500, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, USA. Tel +1 301 924 7077,; Web:

3rd Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry,
Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine
(24), 25 - 26, (27) September 2000, Boras/Gothenburg, Sweden

This EURACHEM-EQALM workshop addresses current practice, problems and future directions for proficiency testing (PT) in analytical chemistry, microbiology and laboratory medicine. The workshop targets especially organisers of PT schemes, technical assessors, QA managers and accreditation bodies. Lectures and working group tasks will highlight international harmonisation of PT/EQA schemes, the use of PT in the accreditation process, the implementation of the uncertainty concept into PT/EQA schemes, accreditation of PT/EQA schemes, assigned values and target values for satisfactory performance, international guidelines and documents, technical and logistical challenges, and PT from the customers' view. Key lectures will be given by Alan Squirrell (ILAC), Jytte Molin Christensen (AMI), Keith Jewell (CCFRA), Jean-Claude Libeer (IPH), Leopoldo Cortez (EA), Manfred Golze (BAM), Paul De Bièvre (IRMM), Adriaan Van der Veen (NMi-VSL). Additional contributions only in written form. Participation limited to 200.

For more information please contact Ulf Örnemark ( or Nick Boley ( First circular and registration form available on or from the workshop secretariat:
Mrs Marianne Pettersson, SP, P.O. Box 857, SE-501 15 Boras (Sweden)
Tel +46 33 165251; Fax +46 33 135502;



5th EUROLAB Symposium
Confidence in Testing Services - New Expectations, New Rules, New Challenges

04 - 05 October 2000, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dramatic changes have occurred in recent years within the laboratory world. Customer demands have become ever more rigorous, legislation is more prevalent, a new approach to conformity assessment has been evaluated and new technology has invaded every facet of laboratory operation. The 5th EUROLAB International Symposium will discuss and present solutions and models for meeting these challenges. Symposium topics are
* The new ISO/IEC 17025 - implementation and new technical requirements
* Making best use of information technology
* Customer satisfaction - comprehensive services
* The extent and efficiency of accreditation - transparency of QA
* Meeting the new challenges facing laboratory management

For further information, see web site or contact:
Ms Anne Farr, National Engineering Laboratory, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G75 0QU, U.K.
Tel +44 (0) 1355 220 222; Fax +44 (0) 1355 272999;

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