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Measurement uncertainty and traceability of measurement results are essential
for the evaluation of measurement results. Reference materials are key tools
for achieving traceability of measurements, proving accuracy of methods and
demonstrating proficiency of laboratories. This course provides participants
with the theoretical basis for the estimation of measurement uncertainty and
establishment of traceability. This knowledge is applied to the proper
selection and use of reference materials.
Who should attend?
Laboratory managers and practitioners in analytical laboratories who use
reference materials for statistical quality control, method validation and
calibration and need to assess measurement uncertainties on customer’s demand
or as requirement of ISO 17025.
ISO 17025 auditors who need to assess the estimation of measurement
uncertainties and the correct application of certified reference materials.
A postgraduate level in chemistry and knowledge of concepts such as
uncertainty, traceability, error propagation and general analytical
measurements is needed.
MS-Excel is used during the exercises. Familiarity with this program as well
as knowledge of basic statistical concepts (e.g. mean and standard deviation)
are required to make full use of the exercises.
Ability to discuss and interact in English.
What are the basic principles?
How to estimate uncertainty from validation data
How can I use reference materials to estimate my measurement uncertainty?
Reference material selection
Reference material handling
How much of each material must I use?
How should I store my materials?
How do I correct for moisture?
Reference materials use
Making full use of available information
Intensive practice in small groups
This course strongly emphasises practical application of the theoretical
concepts. To this end, each lecture is accompanied by exercises in small
groups (5-6 people) during which the concepts are put into practice. Each
group is supported by a trainer who helps in asking the right questions and
guides the group to a successful conclusion. About half of the time of the
course is devoted to these exercises. Participants can bring their own laptops
to facilitate the exercises.
Timing: The course will start on 4 May 2010 at 9:00 and it will finish on 5
May 2010 at 15:00.
Lunch: A meal will be provided each day at noon.
Accommodation: Trainees from public institutions are welcome to reserve guest
accommodation at the TÜBİTAK UME Institute (at cost of 31 TL per person).
Limited availability so reservations best made early. Trainees from private
organisations need to book their own hotel in the area.
Transfers: The details of the possible bus transfers from UME to the nearest
public transport will be communicated on this web site.
Location: TÜBİTAK UME, PK.54 Gebze, KOCAELİ, 41470, TURKEY.
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The number of participants is restricted to approximately 40. Registrations
will be handled on the basis of “first come, first served”.
Deadline for registration: 14 April 2010
Registration fee: None
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