Guide to Quality in Analytical Chemistry - 3rd edition (2016)


QAC 2016 cover 180hThe aim of this guide is to provide laboratories with guidance on best practice for the analytical operations they carry out. The guidance covers both qualitative and quantitative analysis carried out on a routine or non-routine basis. A separate guide covers research and development work (Quality Assurance for Research and Development and Non-routine Analysis,1998 ).

This third edition is a revision of the CITAC/Eurachem Guide published in 2002. The 2002 edition was developed from CITAC Guide 1 (which in turn was based on the Eurachem/WELAC Guide). The third edition reflects changes that were introduced with the publication of the 2005 version of ISO/IEC 17025. The terminology has also been updated to take account of ISO/IEC 17000:2004, ISO 9000:2015 and the 3rd edition of the International Vocabulary of Metrology – Basic and general concepts and associated terms (JCGM 200:2012 – VIM).

The Guide focuses on the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, however the content should also be of use to organisations seeking accreditation or certification against the requirements of standards such as ISO 15189 or ISO 9001, or compliance with the Principles of Good Laboratory Practice


You may download the guide from this website at no cost (pdf, 960 kB).


Versions are currently available in

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Publication date

This third edition was approved for publication in December 2016 and first published on this website on 25 January 2017.


This publication should be cited* as:

“V. Barwick (Ed), Eurachem/CITAC Guide: Guide to Quality in Analytical Chemistry: An Aid to Accreditation (3rd ed. 2016). ISBN 978-0-948926-32-7. Available from”

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