Information leaflets

Information leaflets

Let's call a PT scheme a PT scheme!

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Factors affecting PT strategy

Interlaboratory comparisons (ILCs) have been used for more than a century and many important concepts are linked to them.

This leaflet, prepared by the Eurachem PT Working Group, addresses the basic terminology of ILCs, why some colloquial terms can be misleading or misunderstood, and the importance of harmonisation..

Availability

Translation

Please consult the PT Working Group Chair if you would like to prepare a translation in your own language.

 

Notes

1. Publication dates are dates of website publication for the current version.

2. English version (V1) first published on this site on 2022-05-30. Amendment V1a (editorial amendment only) added 2022-07-29.

Information leaflets

pt-cmp-mrg132Eurachem Information Leaflets are short briefing documents on a specific topic. Information leaflets are usually intended to inform a wide audience, including laboratory staff, managers and laboratory customers.

Like Guides, Information Leaflets are developed by the different Working Groups, often in cooperation with other organisations.

Eurachem information leaflets are all available free of charge from the website. Many have been translated into several languages.

Current Eurachem Information Leaflets

The current list of topics and information leaflets is given below. All leaflets are available in English; availability in additional languages is indicated below. "Translations available" indicates that more than four language versions (including English) are available.

Previous editions, which may be available in additional languages, can be found in our publication archive.

Accreditation

Proficiency testing

Measurement uncertainty and traceability

Method validation

Terminology

Withdrawn and Superseded Information Leaflets

Some older Eurachem Information leaflets have been superseded by the current editions listed above or withdrawn as no longer of current interest. Available electronic copies of all superseded guidance are, however, listed in the Publication Archive for reference.

Proficiency Testing

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EURACHEM through its Proficiency Testing Working Group has produced an information leaflet on proficiency testing aimed at PT participants and their customers. This second edition is an editorial revision.

The second edition is currently available in English. Links to translations of the first edition, are temporarily maintained on this page (below) for convenience while translations of the second edition are prepared. 

Availability

Translation

Please consult the PT Working Group Chair if you would like to prepare a translation in your own language.

Previous editions

The first edition of this information leaflet can be found here, in our publication archive. Selected translations of the first edition are listed below for convenience pending translation of the second edition.

 

Notes

1. Dates show date of publication of the linked file on this website.

2. 2nd English edition first published 2022-07-30

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ISO/IEC 17025:2017 - A New Accreditation Standard

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ISO/IEC 17025 - 2005 and 2017 structures compared2017 saw the publication of a new version of ISO/IEC 17025 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Among other things, the new Standard adopted a substantially revised structure, including different management system options. The 2017 edition placed new emphasis on "risks and opportunities", included clearer reference to sampling activities, and added new requirements around conformity assessment and a new emphasis on metrological traceability.

This brief Information Leaflet, prepared by the Eurachem Education and training Working Group,  gives a quick overview of the main changes in the 2017 edition of the Standard.

Note: See 'Maintenance' below for further information on continued relevance of this Information Leaflet.

Availability

The leaflet is available in several different languages:

Translations

Translation into other languages is encouraged for members of Eurachem. Other offers of translation should be directed to the Eurachem Secretariat for permission. The Eurachem policy on maintenance and development of Eurachem guidance, available on the Policies page, gives further information on translation.

 

Maintenance of this information leaflet

As of 2023, the date of the most recent periodic reviewNote 1 of this Information Leaflet, ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is well established in accredited laboratories. The responsible Eurachem Working Group nonetheless consider that  information in the leaflet remains of current interest and have consequently confirmed the leaflet in its original form as current Eurachem guidance.

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Note 1. Eurachem policy on maintenance of Eurachem guidance can be found on the "Eurachem Policies and Procedures" page on this website.

How can PT help my laboratory? (2022)

Content

EURACHEM through its Proficiency Testing Working Group has produced an information leaflet explaining how proficiency testing can help to monitor and improve laboratory quality. This second edition updates the leaflet to reference current guidance on PT.

Availability

The second edition is currently available in the followng languages. Links to translations of the first edition in other languages are temporarily maintained on this page (below) for convenience while translations of the second edition are prepared.

Translation

Please consult the PT Working Group Chair if you would like to prepare a translation in your own language.

Previous editions

The first edition of this information leaflet can be found here, in our publication archive. Selected translations of the first edition are listed below for convenience pending translation of the second edition.

 

Notes

1. Dates show date of publication of the linked file on this website.

2. 2nd English edition first published 2022-07-30

 

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