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Issue 18, 2015
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Fitness for purpose: the key feature in analytical proficiency testing

Abstract

The essential purpose of proficiency testing is to give participants reassurance on the quality of their performance and enable them to identify any trends or errors of consequential magnitude—those likely to affect decisions—in their reported results and then eliminate the causes of those errors. We must recognise, however, that all results of measurements include error. It's only a question of whether the errors are of acceptable size—in effect, whether results are fit for purpose. Fitness for purpose emerges therefore as the key feature of proficiency testing.

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Submitted
15 Jun 2015
First published
30 Jul 2015

Anal. Methods, 2015,7, 7404-7405
Article type
AMC Technical Brief

Fitness for purpose: the key feature in analytical proficiency testing

Analytical Methods Committee, AMCTB No 68, Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 7404
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY90052B

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