Eurachem Working Groups

Eurachem Proficiency Testing Working Group

The Eurachem Proficiency Testing Working Group (PTWG) provides a forum within the European chemical measurement community for pursuing excellence in the development and implementation of proficiency testing.

Terms of Reference

  • The Eurachem Proficiency Testing Working Group has been established and will operate in accordance with the Constitution agreed in the Eurachem Memorandum of Understanding.
  • To improve the organisation of proficiency testing in Europe.
  • To promote best practice in proficiency testing using appropriate mechanisms such as publications, workshops etc.
  • To provide a forum for organisers and users of proficiency testing schemes on issues affecting the practice of proficiency testing.
  • To organise, on a periodic basis, an International workshop on proficiency testing in analytical chemistry, microbiology and laboratory medicine.
  • To provide input and comments from the chemical measurement community to the EA/Eurolab/Eurachem Working Group on Proficiency Testing in Accreditation (EEE-PT WG).
  • To provide input and disseminate output between Eurachem and the EEE-PT WG.
  • To collaborate and provide input on proficiency testing into other Eurachem working groups.
  • To provide input into international activities related to proficiency testing.

Membership

Country

Member

 

Country

Member

Austria

Monika Horsky

 

Italy

Marina Patriarca

Cyprus

Despina Charalambous

 

Netherlands

Kees van Putten

Denmark

Lorens Sibbesen*

 

Spain

Raquel Murtula

EU

Piotr Robouch

 

Sweden

Ulf Örnemark*

Finland

Ulla Tiikkainen

 

Switzerland

Kathrin Breitruck

France

Caroline Laurent

 

Switzerland

Markus Obkircher

Germany

Michael Koch

 

Turkey

Fatma Akcadag

Hungary

Csilla Belavari

 

United Kingdom

Brian Brookman (Chair)

Hungary

Erika Sárkány

 

United Kingdom

Kate Baryla (Secretary)

Ireland

Colmán Ó Ríordáin*

 

United Kingdom

Owen Butler

Italy

Laura Ciaralli

 

 

 

*Corresponding Member

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PT WG members 2017:
Left to right: Owen Butler; Raquel Murtula; Piotr Robouch; Michael Koch; Tracey Noblett; Laura Ciaralli; Kees van Putten; Monika Horsky;
Caroline Laurent; Brian Brookman; Marina Patriarca; Ulf Örnemark; Ulla Tiikkainen; Mitja Kolar; Lorens Sibbesen

 

Current Activities

  • Organisation of the 10th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Preparation and translation of a series of information leaflets regarding topics of interest to PT, to encourage good practice across Europe
  • Production of guidance on the evaluation of qualitative results in PT schemes

A key role of the PTWG is to discuss both input and outcomes of issues addressed at the EA/Eurolab/Eurachem Working Group on Proficiency Testing in Accreditation (EEE-PTWG). The EEE-PTWG discusses issues that go much wider than analytical chemistry, and it is the responsibility of the EURACHEM representatives to ensure that any decisions and outputs of the WG take into account the needs of analytical chemistry. Current representatives of the PTWG who represent Eurachem on the EEE-PT WG are Brian Brookman, Laura Ciaralli and Raquel Murtula. In addition Frank Baumeister (Germany) and Coralie Leonard (Switzerland) are also Eurachem representatives.

Previous Outputs

  • 3rd International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Borås, Sweden in September 2000
  • Guide to the "Selection, use and interpretation of proficiency testing (PT) schemes by laboratories", 2000
  • Input into the EEE-PTWG paper "Use of Proficiency Testing as a Tool for Accreditation Bodies", 2000
  • 4th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Bracknell, UK in February 2003
  • Input into various EEE-PTWG discussion documents
  • Development and translation of an information leaflet on "what is PT" aimed at PT participants and their customers
  • 5th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Portorož, Slovenia in September 2005 [Presentations available on the workshop information page]
  • Survey on the accreditation of EQA scheme organisers in laboratory medicine (in collaboration with EQALM) [Report available here]
  • Production of a discussion paper on fundamental terms relating to PT [Discussion paper available here]
  • Contribution to the revision of ILAC G13
  • 6th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Rome, Italy in October 2008 [Presentations and working group summaries available on the workshop information page]
  • Contribution to the development of ISO/IEC 17043
  • Development and translation of a leaflet on ‘Pre- and post-analytical proficiency testing’
  • 7th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Istanbul, Turkey in October 2011 [Presentations and working group summaries available on the workshop information page]
  • Development and translation of a leaflet on ‘How can proficiency testing help my laboratory’
  • 8th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Berlin, Germany in October 2014 [Presentations available on the workshop information page]
  • Development and translation of a leaflet on 'Selecting the right proficiency testing scheme for my laboratory'
  • Development and translation of a leaflet on 'Proficiency testing – How much and how often?'
  • 9th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Portorož, Slovenia in October 2017 [Presentations available on the workshop information page]
  • Development and translation of a leaflet on 'Use of surplus proficiency test items'
  • Development and translation of a leaflet on 'How to investigate poor performance in proficiency testing'

* Contact the PTWG Secretariat