Workshops

Training event: Recent developments in Quality Assurance

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A two-day training workshop by the Pancyprian Union of Chemists and the Eurachem Education & Training Working Group

Overview

PUCFollowing a number of successful training events, most recently on the revised ISO 15189 standard, the Pancyprian Union of Chemists (PUC) and the Eurachem Education and Training Working Group are organising a two-day workshop on quality assurance in Nicosia in early March 2024. The programme is based around the main sections of the recently revised Eurachem Guide on Terminology in Analytical Measurement. The workshop will include sessions on terminology, validation, metrological traceability, internal quality control, external quality assurance (with emphasis on the new ISO/IEC 17043 standard) and quality assurance in qualitative analysis. The programme will also include an overview of publications on quality assurance, with an emphasis on recent revisions of Eurachem guides. Participants will be invited to share experiences in their laboratories via short oral presentations and a poster session.

A two-day training workshop by the Pancyprian Union of Chemists and the Eurachem Education & Training Working Group

Overview

PUCFollowing a number of successful training events, most recently on the revised ISO 15189 standard, the Pancyprian Union of Chemists (PUC) and the Eurachem Education and Training Working Group are organising a two-day workshop on quality assurance in Nicosia in early March 2024. The programme is based around the main sections of the recently revised Eurachem Guide on Terminology in Analytical Measurement. The workshop will include sessions on terminology, validation, metrological traceability, internal quality control, external quality assurance (with emphasis on the new ISO/IEC 17043 standard) and quality assurance in qualitative analysis. The programme will also include an overview of publications on quality assurance, with an emphasis on recent revisions of Eurachem guides. Participants will be invited to share experiences in their laboratories via short oral presentations and a poster session.

Key information

Workshop information

Date: 12-13 March 2024
Venue: Cleopatra Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus
Programme Programme (PDF, 177 kB)
Details and invitation Course details and invitation (PDF, 600 kB)
Registration: Registration is open; please use the registration form here.

 

 

Scope and Information

Scope

The scope of the training is to:

  • Present and discuss critical issues of interest to both analytical and medical laboratories addressed in ISO/IEC
    17025:2017 and ISO 15189:2022 respectively, as well as other relevant documents;
  • Discuss the experience of laboratories in various sectors, problems and solutions;
  • Present recent publications (Eurachem guides and others).

Intended audience

The training is oriented to

  • Personnel of accredited analytical and medical laboratories as well as those preparing for accreditation
  • Lead assessors/assessors/technical experts;
  • Consultants.

Outcomes

It is expected that on completion of the training, participants will have a good understanding of the critical issues addressed in both accreditation standards and will acquire a clear picture of the work to be done in their organisations.

Programme

Programme

The event programme, with information about scheduled speakers, can be viewed in PDF format here.

The programme is listed below. 

Day 1 - Tuesday 12 March 2024

Welcome and introductions

  • Welcome addresses
    • Welcome address - Isabelle Vercruysse, Eurachem Chair (video message)
    • Introduction to the Eurachem Educaton and Training WG and the Pancyprian Union of Chemists (PUC)
    • An introduction by the Division of Quality Assurance of PUC
  • Presentation of the tutors and the participants
  • Introduction – Scope and expectations of the training

Technical programme

  • The revised Eurachem guide to terminology in analytical measurement
    • Vicki Barwick
  • New publications relating to Quality Assurance
    • Kyriacos Tsimillis/Despina Charalambous

Break

  • Introduction to metrology
    • Vicki Barwick
  • Verification, validation and method performance
    • Marios Kostakis

Lunch break

  • Validation of non-targeted methods
    • Marios Kostakis
  • Establishing metrological traceability – a practical approach
    • Steve Ellison

Break

  • Exercise 1: Establishing metrological traceability
  • Feedback on Exercise 1
  • Poster session

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Day 2 – Wednesday 13 March 2024

  • Internal quality control
    • Bertil Magnusson
  • External quality assurance – the new ISO/IEC 17043
    • Brian Brookman
  • Measurement uncertainty – Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 15189
    • Ricardo Bettencourt da Silva

Break

  • Measurement uncertainty in microbiological methods
    • Bertil Magnusson
  • Exercise 2: Evaluating measurement uncertainty

Lunch break

  • Feedback on Exercise 2 (cont.)
  • Quality assurance in qualitative analysis – worked examples
    • Ricardo Bettencourt da Silva

Break

  • Presentation of participants’ experiences
  • Concluding remarks and close
    • Kyriacos Tsimillis, Division of Quality Assurance, PUC

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