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

Brian Brookman, UK (Chair)

Tracey Noblett, UK (Secretariat)

Ewa Bulska, Poland

Owen Butler, UK

Laura Ciaralli, Italy

Vicente Catalán Cuenca, Spain

Andreja Drolc, Slovenia

Michael Koch, Germany

Caroline Laurent, France

Dragan Nikolic, Serbia

Ulf Örnemark, Sweden

Marina Patriarca, Italy

Kees van Putten, The Netherlands

Piotr Robouch, EU

Erika Sárkány, Hungary

Lorens Sibbesen, Denmark

Ulla Tiikkainen, Finland

 

 
PT WG members 2014:
Left to right: Marina Patriarca; Michael Koch; Ulla Tiikkainen; Lorens Sibbesen; Laura Ciaralli, Piotr Robouch; Kees van Putten; Brian Brookman; Dragan Nikolic; Caroline Laurent; Raquel Murtula; Tracey Noblett; Owen Butler; Ulf Örnemark 

Current Activities

  • Organisation of the 9th 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 a guide 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-PTWG are Brian Brookman and Piotr Robouch. In addition Frank Baumeister (Germany) and Renata Borroni (Italy) 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 of a leaflet on ‘Pre- and post-analytical proficiency testing’ [Here]
  • 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 of a leaflet on ‘How can proficiency testing help my laboratory’ [Here]
  • 8th International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine - Berlin, Germany in October 2014

Past Members

Ellen van Berkel, The Netherlands
Paul De Bièvre (Past Convenor), EU
Nick Boley (Past Convenor), UK
Gonny de Jong, The Netherlands
Steve Evans (Past Secretariat), UK
Ildi Ipolyi, Italy
Mauri Keinanen, Finland
Minna Loikkanen, Finland
Nineta Majcen, Slovenia
Irma Makinen, Finland
Antonio Menditto, Italy
Herbert Muntau, EU
Miklos Naray, Hungary
Ender Okandan, Turkey
Ioannis Papadakis, Greece
Halina Polkowska-Motrenko, Poland
Rainer Schmidt, Germany
Philip Taylor, EU
Barry Tylee, UK
Adam Uldall, Denmark
Christoph Von Holst, EU

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