Quality Matters Column

Quality Matters addresses the ever-increasing importance, and complexity, of ensuring that our analyses are correct. Chris Burgess, John Hammond and Peter Jenks guide readers through the minefield of ISO standards and how they affect the spectroscopic community.

Chris-Burgess 

Chris Burgess is an internationally recognised expert in the qualification and validation of instrumentation and systems, analytical method development & validation and the statistical interpretation of data. In addition he has extensive experience in quality systems design and development for the whole supply chain and has acted as a Qualified Person within the EU for more than 25 years.

John-HammondJohn Hammond is an experienced analytical scientist, spectroscopist and technical marketing professional. John is internationally recognised in the field of Reference Material production and certification for use in the field of UV-Visible-NIR spectroscopy, currently Chair of ASTM International committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science, Convenor of Working Group 6—Information Services for ISO/REMCO, and a member of the USP General Chapters—Chemical Analysis Expert Committee.

Peter Jenks has over 30 years experience in analytical, environmental and pharmaceutical businesses. During this time he has promoted the use of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) in support in of ISO 17025 Accredited Laboratories and worked with suppliers to improve both availability of CRMs and their proper use. He has set up new businesses to produce and distribute CRMs and consulted for key industry stakeholders.

 

BERM 12: Summer in Oxford

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Peter Jenks
the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK

The 12th Biological and Environmental Reference Material symposium (BERM 12) is now over: held at Keble College, Oxford, UK, from 7 to 10 July 2009 it was, based on the feedback received, a resounding success, both scientifically and socially. The weather was perfect and the setting magnificent.

Before looking at the UK Meeting highlights it is important to put BERM into context: it is the original Symposium looking at Biological and Environmental Reference Materials. The first meeting, then known as “BRM” was organised by Dr Wayne Wolf and held in Philadelphia, USA, in September 1983: 26 years ago! Then 25 people shared 16 presentations. Indeed, back then the idea of the application of sound chemical metrology principles to biological matrices was somewhat novel.

Read more: BERM 12: Summer in Oxford

 

ISO/REMCO 32nd meeting report

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John Hammond
Starna Scientific Ltd, 52–54 Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park, Hainault, Essex, IG6 3UT, UK

The summer of 2009 has been notable for two metrologically significant events: the annual meeting of the ISO REMCO Committee and the 12th BERM Symposium, neither of which has ever been held before in the UK. It is a massive credit to LGC that they were able to host both meetings and succeeded in making the BERM Meeting one of the best ever! In this column John Hammond, the UK Industry Delegate to ISO/REMCO, reports on the proceedings and decisions of the meeting. I’ll be reporting on BERM 12 in the next column and also explaining the relationship between the UK Reference Materials Working Group, the BSI and ISO/REMCO. — Peter Jenks

Read more: ISO/REMCO 32nd meeting report

   

Accreditation: what is at the end of the journey?

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Peter J. Jenks
the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK

Where is the accreditation of analytical laboratories taking the reference material producer industry? I’ve recently been cogitating the long term impact of the growing spread of ISO 17025 accreditation on the development and supply of certified reference materials and I’m concerned that the “quality business” is driving laboratory accreditation into areas where reference material producers will be under increasing pressure.

Read more: Accreditation: what is at the end of the journey?

   

Exploring the “forgotten” region—an update on NIR spectrometry

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Christopher Burgess
Burgess Analytical Consultancy Limited, “Rose Rae”, The Lendings, Startforth, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL 12 9AB, UK
John Hammond
Starna Scientific Ltd, 52–54 Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park, Hainault, Essex, IG6 3UT, UK

Following on from our previous foray into the UV-visible area of the spectrum, in this article we discuss its nearest neighbour in the spectral scale, namely near infrared (NIR) spectrometry. The NIR spectral region lies between 780 nm and 2500 nm (4000 cm–1 to 12,800 cm–1) bridging the more well-known and analytically used regions of the UV-visible (190–780 nm) and the infrared (4000–600 cm–1).

Read more: Exploring the “forgotten” region—an update on NIR spectrometry

   

Exploding the myths: an update on UV-visible spectrometry

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Christopher Burgess
Burgess Analytical Consultancy Limited, “Rose Rae”, The Lendings, Startforth, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL 12 9AB, UK
John Hammond
Starna Scientific Ltd, 52–54 Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park, Hainault, Essex, IG6 3UT, UK

Introduction

Following on from our overview “Standards for the 21st century–establishing trust in measurement” this article discusses the changes that have occurred within one of the oldest instrumental spectroscopic techniques, namely UV-visible spectrometry.

Read more: Exploding the myths: an update on UV-visible spectrometry

   

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