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Analytical Chemistry Committee to hold accreditation workshop.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 07, 2013 - On May 19, ASTM Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry, Ores and Related Materials will hold a workshop, "Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries." Accreditation processes that tighten requirements for approval of reference materials may needlessly restrict supply of reference materials and negatively impact quality of test result quality. Experts will share insights for streamlining these processes.

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Original Press Release

ASTM Analytical Chemistry Committee to Hold Accreditation Workshop

Press release date: Oct 31, 2013

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — ASTM International Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry, Ores and Related Materials will hold a workshop, “Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries,” on May 19, 2014, at the Gaithersburg, Md., campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The workshop will occur the day before the semiannual meeting for E01, which will also happen at NIST on May 20-21, 2014.

Ever-increasing testing demands for metals, alloys, ores and mining byproducts have been accompanied by more complex requirements for quality system accreditation. Because many industry test methods for chemical metrology require numerous reference materials for calibration and quality assurance, the accreditation of certified reference material producers has become more demanding as well.

Accreditation processes that tighten requirements for approval of reference materials may needlessly restrict the supply of reference materials and negatively impact the quality of test results unless they are understood and agreed to by all impacted parties.

The workshop will bring together experts from standards development, accreditation, reference materials development, testing labs and product quality assurance to explore the complex intersection of these topics. The goal is to share insights and rationales for streamlining these processes and for creating a continuing venue for cooperation.

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ASTM Committee E01 Next Meeting: May 20-21, 2014, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.
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