John Hammond updates us on “Reference materials: what’s new?”. The 2015 meeting of the ISO Committee on Reference Materials (ISO/REMCO) was held in June and significant developments in a number of standards that will ultimately affect all users of reference materials have taken place.
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 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 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.
In the “The analysis of poly aromatic compounds: a never-ending story?”, Peter Jenks reports from the 25th International Symposium on Poly Aromatic Compounds. He was disappointed to find the near total absence of mention of the use of CRMs in method development or as a calibration material. He concludes that “data from the academic and research community often acts as a stimulus for government concern and the data may ultimately may result in legislation. It concerns me that legislation may be driven by bad data”.
In the Quality Matters Column, Peter Jenks reminds us about “BERM 14: it’s that time again!”. The latest in this line of conferences on Biological and Environmental Reference Materials is being held in the USA in October 2015.
C. Burgess and J.P. Hammond outline the work that has been undertaken to modernise the spectroscopic General Chapters in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Peter Jenks seeks to show where it is important to check the CRM or RM you are using includes a clear statement of commutability, and when and where it can be largely ignored.
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