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The role of accreditation in ensuring sampling quality


Accreditation has proved effective in ensuring the quality of analytical measurements but is now increasingly being applied to primary sampling, as the first part of the measurement process. Several international standards relevant to accreditation of sampling are available, either for organisations undertaking the sampling (ISO/IEC 17025 or 17020), or for the certification of the sampler (i.e., the person who takes the samples) (ISO/IEC 17024). Achieving and demonstrating the fitness-for-purpose of chemical measurements requires a holistic approach to ensuring the quality of the sampling, sample preparation and analytical measurement. Accreditation provides the framework within which both samplers and analytical chemists can demonstrate appropriate quality.

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Article information

11 Jun 2019
First published
24 Jun 2019

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 3358-3360
Article type
AMC Technical Brief

The role of accreditation in ensuring sampling quality

Analytical Methods Committee AMCTB No. 90, Anal. Methods, 2019, 11, 3358
DOI: 10.1039/C9AY90095K

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