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.

 

Confidence: the key to quality

Peter Jenks and Alan Nichols plot a path through the accreditation jungle and decide that “Confidence: the key to quality”. With increasing numbers of readers’ labs requiring auditing, ensuring that the reference materials and standards you are using meet the requirements of the auditors is essential.

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Change is in the air

Next year, a new version of ISO/IEC 17025 will be published, which is going to mean changes for all those involved in quality systems. Peter Jenks investigates.

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Is your spectrometer in calibration?

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“Is your spectrometer in calibration?” ask Chris Burgess and John Hammond. The answer may not be as straightforward as you might think. However, Chris and John explain all.

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BERM 14 retrospective: autumn in Maryland, USA

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Peter Jenks looks back to the BERM 14 conference on biological and environmental reference materials in the Quality Matters Column. The next conference in the series returns to Europe: Berlin in June 2018.

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The proper use of certified reference materials for analytical instrumentation qualification

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In the Quality Matters Column, Peter Jenks, Paul Boother and Annette Marshall are concerned about “The proper use of certified reference materials for analytical instrumentation qualification”. There are many aspects to consider in ensuring the validity of an analytical system, from before any instrumentation is installed, before it is used and during its use. Readers interested in the chemicals and reference material field may be interested in the news that, as this issue was being prepared, Merck completed its $17-billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich.

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