Workshops

Eurachem Workshop: Quality in Analytical Measurements (2014)

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Eurachem ran an international workshop on  "Quality in Analytical Measurements" in Lisbon on Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 May 2014. This workshop covered the most challenging technical details of the analytical process, including the chemical description of the analytical problem, producing measurements with adequate traceability and uncertainty, interpreting results based on objective evidence and reporting results to the client. The workshop included invited lectures, short communications, poster sessions and breakout sessions.

The event also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Eurachem.

Further information on the technical content can be found on the workshop website maintained by the University of Lisbon faculty of chemistry.

In addition, a summary of the workshop has been published in the journal Accredditation and Quality Assurance: see R Bettencourt da Silva, A Williams, Eurachem workshop on quality in analytical measurements: from specification to decision, Accred. Qual. Assur 2015:20 43-46, DOI: 10.1007/s00769-015-1103-x

Key Information

Date: Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 May 2014 
Venue: Hotel Mundial, Lisbon, Portugal
Website: http://www.fc.ul.pt/conferencia/eurachem-2014
Registration:  Registration is now closed for this event.
Documents:

First announcement (580kb)

Second announcement (470kb)

Scientific programme

This workshop considered the most challenging technical details of the analytical process, including the chemical description of the analytical problem, producing measurements with adequate traceability and uncertainty, interpreting results based on objective evidence and reporting results to the client. Breakout sessions provided the opportunity to identify areas where problems remain. Topics covered included:

  1. Specification for measurements
  2. Product compliance assessment
  3. Procedure Validation/ Verification
  4. Measurement Uncertainty
  5. Measurement Traceability
  6. Proficiency testing
  7. Training

Presentations and posters covering these topics were invited and the list of contributions, with electronic copy where available, is given below. The workshop website also holds details of the scientific programme and available presentations.

Posters and presentations

Invited Lectures

IL—1

Eurachem — how it began

 

Williams, A.

[PDF, 1.0 Mb]

IL—2

What Eurachem has achieved

 

Walsh, M.

[PDF, 4.4 Mb]

IL—3

The measurement cycle

 

Wegscheider, W.

[PDF, 0.5 Mb]

IL—4

Setting the measurement requirement

 

Silva, R.B.

[PDF, 1.8 Mb]

IL—5

Method validation and verification

 

Sibbesen, L.

[PDF, 0.3 Mb]

IL—6

Recovery/bias evaluation

 

Leito, I.

[PDF, 0.6 Mb]

IL—7

Proficiency Testing (PT)—a tool to improve laboratory performance

 

Brookman, B.

[PDF, 2.3 Mb]

IL—8

Traceability in chemical analysis — Are we ready to deliver?

 

Emons, H.

[PDF, 0.8 Mb]

IL—9

Uncertainty evaluation for analysis and sampling

 

Ellison, S.

[PDF, 0.3 Mb]

IL—10

Reporting the result and assessment for compliance

 

Magnusson, B.

[PDF, 0.7 Mb]

IL—11

QA/QC to underpin the measurement cycle

 

Bianco, P.

[PDF, 0.5 Mb]

IL—12

Key skills for the analytical scientist: Assessing competence in the laboratory

 

Barwick, V.

[PDF, 0.2 Mb]

IL—13

Where next

 

Camões, M.F.

 

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Oral Communications

OC—1

JRC contribution to the fitness for purpose of analytical methods for food and feed matrices

 

Cordeiro, F.; Fiamegkos, I.; Robouch, P.; Calle, B.

 

OC—2

Assessment of the determination of total sulphur in fertilizers by ICP-OES

 

Nunes, M.J.; M. João Moura

 

OC—3

Use of interlaboratory study to better define the characteristics of dispersion of results in natural gas analysis

 

Vatin, A.; Vial, J.; Leininger, J.P.; Jardy, A. — Presented by Basset, E.

 

OC—4

Assessing a new approach (triple A-classification) to evaluate performance-underperformance of laboratories participating in the EU proficiency tests for multi-residue analysis of pesticides in fruits and vegetables

 

Valverde, A.; Fernández-Alba, A.; Aguilera, A.; Mezcua, M.

 

OC—5

Specifications and traceability in the pharmaceutical industry

 

Nielsen, E.; Byrialsen, K.; Jespersen, A.; Adamczewski, L.

[PDF, 0.3 Mb]

OC—6

Estimation of measurement uncertainty in the fluorometric determination of ammoniacal nitrogen in sea water by continuous flow analysis (CFA)

 

Claramunt, I.; Perez, L.

 

OC—7

NMIJ analytical skill-upgrade training program

 

Chiba, K.; Inagaki, K.; Huroiwa, T.

 

OC—8

Quality assurance of chemical analysis: classification, modeling and quantification of human errors

 

Kuselman, I.

[PDF, 0.7 Mb]

OC—9

Courses of study and interest-based subjects

 

Camões, M.F.

 

OC—10

Training needs to understand quality assurance

 

Tsimillis, K.

[PDF, 0.2 Mb]

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Posters

P—1

Accuracy in niacin quantification in food matrices, by an RP-HPLC method

 

Flores, C.; Dias, M.G.; Santos, M.

[PDF, 0.4 Mb]

P—2

Method validation of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and cadmium in meat and meat products by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry

 

Abbasova, T.; Kamalova, S.; Hamidullazade, A.; Hassanova, S.

 

P—3

Uncertainty sources at the determination of limit of detection and limit of quantification in gas chromatography and comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography

 

Májek, P.; Krupcík, J.

 

P—4

Validation of copper and mercury in marine sediments

 

Palma, C.; Valença, M.; Gama, A.; Santos, P.

 

P—5

Comparison of pressurized liquid extraction and soxhlet extraction for the determination of organic pollutants in marine sediments

 

Santos, P.; Gama, A.; Valença, M.; Palma, C.

 

P—6

Establishment of a model to estimate the uncertainties associated to the measurement of atmospheric pollutants in a crude refinery

 

Dias, F.; Matos, M.

 

P—7

Performance of the method EN 12396-1 — with the introduction of minor modifications — versus the criteria of SANCO 12571/2013 for quantitative determinations

 

Luz, S.; Santos, T., Silva, R.B.

[PDF, 1.4 Mb]

P—8

Validation of nickel quantitative analysis using ICP-OES with an ultrasonic nebulizer

 

Ferreira, S.; Duarte, C.; Ribeiro, S.; Sousa, I.; Coelho, M.R.

 

P—9

Environmentally friendly matrix effect matching evaluation for the major elements in solid biofuel characterization by atomic absorption spectrometry

 

Trancoso, M.; Lopes, H.; Teixeira, P.; Calisto, S.

 

P—10

Monitoring laboratory performance over time from proficiency testing by interlaboratory comparisons

 

Trancoso, M.; Sousa, A.; Calisto, S.

 

P—11

European proficiency tests for fruit and vegetables from 1996 to 2013 — History and main achievements

 

Uclés, S.; Belmonte, N.; Ferrer, C.; Gómez-Ramos, M.; Herrera, S.; Lozano, A.; Malato, O.; Medina, P.; Mezcua, M.; Rajski, L.; Uclés, A.; Fernández-Alba, A.

 

P—12

Achieving lower z-scores: evaluation of z-score results along the uncertainty range of a sample

 

Jesuino, B.; Freitas, A.

 

P—13

Estimation of the minimal preanalytical uncertainty

 

Sylte, M.; Wentzel-Larsen, T.; Bolann, B.

 

P—14

COMAR — the international database for certified reference materials

 

Steiger, T.; Pradel R.

 

P—15

Quantification of FAMEs in biodiesel: flame ionization detection vs. isotope dilution mass spectrometry

 

Morales, V.; Buchgraber, M.; Held, A.

 

P—16

Implementing VIM3 calibration in some analytical chemistry laboratories

 

Pellegrino, O.; Furtado, A.; Oliveira, C.S.; Filipe, E.

 

P—17

Uncertainty from sample preparation in laboratory on the example of various feeds

 

Korol, W.; Bielecka, G.; Rubaj, J.; Walczynski, S.

 

P—18

The prospect of the TILSAM method regarding customer needs and benefits in view of existing gas CMCs

 

Werhahn, O.; Nwaboh, J.; Pogány, A.; Koelliker-Delgado, J.; Schiel, D.; Ebert, V.

 

P—19

Variability of uncertainty associated to heavy metals determination in urban soils

 

Silva, H.; Silva, N.; Oliveira, C.; Matos, M.

 

P—20

Measurement quality in the determination of iron content in ore

 

Lindera, K.

 

P—21

Validation of the quantification of Mitragynine in Kratom by HPLC-DAD

 

Lopes, A.; Gómez, M.; Silva, R.B.; Gaspar, H.

[PDF, 1.5 Mb]

P—22

Validation of the quantification of Cathinones in “plant feeders” by 1H qNMR

 

Lopes, R.; Brito, M.; Gaspar, H.; Silva, R.B.

[PDF, 0.5 Mb]

P—23

Optimisation of the efficiency gain quantification of the catalytic photodegradation of methylene blue

 

Rosa, N.; Silva, R.B.; Camões, M.F.; Monteiro, O.C.

[PDF, 0.6 Mb]

P—24

A comparison study on the uncertainty evaluation for the determination of total nitrogen, using ISO 11352 and other alternative approaches

 

Sousa, J.A.; Reynolds, A.; Ribeiro, A.

 

P—25

Assessment of the compatibility of mean activity coefficients estimated experimentally and by Pitzer equations

 

Anes, B.; Silva, R.B.; Martins, H.; Camões, M.F.

 

P—26

Uncertainty associated with the measurement of mineral micropollutants in natural waters and in waste waters: differences observed between analytical methods during proficiency testing schemes

 

De Kuyssche, D.; Charpentier, R.; Penhoat, M.; Courtade, E.; Guarini, P.

[PDF, 1.8 Mb]

P—27

Evaluation of performance of handheld XRF analyzer and possibilities for use in quantitative assessment

 

Jönsson, M.

[PDF, 0.4 Mb]

P—28

The quality system and metrology in chemistry: HR University training

 

Fertonani, F.L.; Pastrea, I.A.; Hojo, O.; Batistuti, J.P.; Furlan, E.G.; Santos, C.C.

 

P—29

TrainMiC® a steadily growing and sustainable learning community

 

Taylor, P.

 

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