Eurachem Working Groups

Method Validation Working Group

The Eurachem Method Validation Working Group (MVWG) aims to function as a centre of expertise in the field by assembling and promoting best practice in Method Validation.

Terms of Reference

  1. The EURACHEM Method Validation Working Group has been established and will operate in accordance with the Constitution agreed in the EURACHEM Memorandum of Understanding, and is as such working:
  2. To provide guidance on method validation. This guidance will be applicable to all chemical analytical laboratories and meet the requirements for accreditation
  3. To organize - and contribute to - international seminars and workshops on issues related to Method Validation within analytical chemistry
  4. To collaborate and provide input on Method Validation into other Eurachem working groups
  5. To follow and discuss new developments within analytical chemistry, which may require new approaches regarding Method Validation
  6. To contribute to the "Reading List" with relevant references on Method Validation in analytical chemistry.



  • MVWG was co-arranger of an international workshop, “Validation / Traceability / Measurement Uncertainty. Challenges for the 21st Century’s analysts”, in Berlin in May 2012 (see under "Completed Events")
  • The MVWG issued a revised edition of the Eurachem Fitness for Purpose guide in 2014 and is currently considering supplementary guidance on individual aspects of method validation.
  • A scientific committee based in the MVWG planned a 2-day Workshop, "Method Validation - Current Practices and Future Challenges" in Ghent, Belgium, May 2016

WS Gent May2016Participants in Ghent, May 2016

  • Contributing with a 3 hours workshop "Are MS-based methods fit for purpose?" at the XXII International Mass Spectrometry Conference in Florence, Italy, August 26 - 31 2018
  • Contributing to the scientific program of the Eurachem Workshop "Validation of targeted and non-targeted methods of analysis" in Tartu, Estonia, May 20 - 21 2019


  • The MVWG is currently considering and working on supplementary guidance on individual aspects of method validation (probably to be included in a coming version of the "Fitness for Purpose" guide as annexes)
  • The MVWG ihave started the work on review/revision of the guide (3rd edition due around 2020-21). 
  • The MVWG is working on illustrative examples (validation protocols) on application of the principles recommended in the "Fitness for Purpose" guide.
  • The MVWG is elaborating a number of shorter leaflets pointing to application of the guide and specific issues described in the guide.

Comment on our guidance

The MVWG will appreciate comments on the present version of the "Fitness for Purpose" guide (Ed. 2, 2014).
This can be done by using the Feedback form on the Eurachem Fitness for Purpose guide (opens on separate site)

Contact the Working Group

The working group may be contacted via the working group Secretary using the Website contact form.
If interested in membership of the working group, the document "Method Validation Working Group – Roles & Responsibilities" should be requested from the secretary. 


  • Isabelle Vercruysse (Belgium)
  • Edouard Salingros (Belgium)
  • Guy Lamon (Belgium)
  • Lorens Sibbesen (Denmark; Chair)
  • Piotr Robouch (JRC/EU) (C)
  • Pieter Dehouck (JRC/EU)
  • Abdelkader Boubetra (France)
  • Barbara Pohl (Germany) (C)
  • Stephan Walch (Germany)
  • Helen Gika (Greece)
  • Marios Kostakis (Greece)
  • Éidín Christie (Ireland)
  • Helen Cantwell (Ireland; Vice Chair & Secretary)
  • John Clancy (Ireland)
  • Emanuela Gregori (Italy)
  • Marina Patriarca (Italy)
  • Elin Lovise Folven Gjengedal (Norway) (C)
  • Ewa Bulska (Poland) (C)
  • Pedro Pablo Morillas Bravo (Spain)
  • Francisco Raposo (Spain)
  • Elvar Theodorsson (Sweden) (C)
  • Ulf Örnemark (Sweden) (C)
  • Ernst Halder (Switserland)
  • Fatma Akcadag (Turkey)
  • Burcu Binici (Turkey)
  • Aysun Yilmaz (Turkey)
  • Perihan Yolci Ömeroglu (Turkey)
  • Vicki Barwick (UK)
  • Steve Ellison (UK) (C)
    (C): Corresponding member