Is everything under control?Funded under: FP2-BCR 4
Measurements are one basis for decisions when considering the acceptability of products, the need for medical treatment, or the compliance with legislation to protect health, safety and the environment. Correct decision making therefore requires accurate results. The standardisation of methods and the automation of equipment have, in the past, often led to the impression that nothing could go wrong and that the results delivered by the computer were correct beyond any doubt. In many fields of testing, measurement and analysis, this feeling has been shattered by the outcome of intercomparisons which showed large discrepancies (up to several orders of magnitude). This paper presents a survey of various methods used to assure accuracy in the chemical laboratory, as well as the means to monitor control over the measurement procedure. It concludes that efforts should be directed towards increasing the reliability of results from chemical analyses.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Clean Air at Work, Luxembourg (LU), Sept. 9-13, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36509 ORA
Record Number: 199111611 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en