Spectroscopy Since 1975


Four generations of Quality: into the future

John P. Hammond

John Hammond describes the start of a new mini-series of column articles and what you can look forward to in the next few issues.

QM Column  |  Issue 33/2 (2021)

A look at the reference material industry

Peter J. Jenks

The Quality Matters Column highlights how the reference material industry has grown. Peter Jenks asks for your help in rerunning a 2001 survey with aim of establishing how users’ use of and experience with reference materials has changed. Whilst most questions are optional, such surveys are of the greatest value if most questions are answered. We hope you can spend a few minutes to complete the survey at https://www.spectroscopyeurope.com/reference-material-survey-2019.

QM Column  |  Issue 31/5 (2019)

The kilo, the mole and the commutability of a result to activity

Peter J. Jenks

Peter Jenks is thinking about the new definition of the kilo, and other SI units, in “The kilo, the mole and the commutability of a result to activity”. However, he is more concerned with maintaining accurate laboratory measurements over time, which is crucial to making data comparable.

QM Column  |  Issue 30/6 (2018)

The ISO technical committee on reference materials (ISO/REMCO): 40th meeting and ISO future developments

John Hammond

John Hammond updates us on news from the latest ISO/REMCO meeting and implementation of the new 17000 series standards.

QM Column  |  Issue 30/2 (2018)

Update on the modernisation of the spectroscopic General Chapters in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

Christopher Burgess, John P. Hammond

Chris Burgess and John Hammond are back with an “Update on the modernisation of the spectroscopic General Chapters in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)”. They review progress over the last three years and particularly on the changes intended in the USP Review Cycle 2015 to 2020.

QM Column  |  Issue 29/6 (2017)

ISO/IEC 17025: a never-ending journey

Peter Jenks, Alan Nichols

Peter Jenks and Alan Nichols embark on “ISO/IEC 17025: a never-ending journey”. They describe what is behind this recent standard and give valuable advice as to what to expect from an audit. Newcomers may find the requirements daunting, but Peter and Alan’s guidance will prove most helpful.

QM Column  |  Issue 29/3 (2017)

Reference materials: what's new

John P. Hammond

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.

QM Column  |  Issue 27/4 (2015)

Modernisation of the spectroscopic General Chapters in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

C. Burgess, J.P. Hammond

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).

QM Column  |  Issue 27/1 (2015)

"…that's what I thought you said?"

John P. Hammond, Chris Burgess

John Hammond and Chris Burgess are also in the middle of a multi-part contribution to the Quality Matters column. “…that’s what I thought you said?” looks at further misundertandings in terminologies surrounding Reference Materials, and sets the record straight.

QM Column  |  Issue 26/3 (2014)

What is a "Primary Standard"?

Peter Jenks

Peter Jenks clarifies “What is a ‘Primary Standard’?”.

QM Column  |  Issue 26/1 (2014)

Reference material accreditation: the way forward

J.P. Hammond

John Hammond reports on important developments at the ISO Committee on Reference Materials (ISO/REMCO) annual meeting.

QM Column  |  Issue 25/5 (2013)

Looking back in anger?

Peter Jenks, John Hammond

Peter Jenks and John Hammond describe how the important ISO 17025 standard has developed, and point out that a review for the third edition of the standard will start soon. All those with an interest in quality standads—an increasing number of us—should make sure their voice is heard at their local standards body.

QM Column  |  Issue 25/3 (2013)

CRMs and PT in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory

Peter J. Jenks, John Hammond

Peter Jenks and John Hammond continue their series on “CRMs and PT in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory” with instructions on how you can prepare your own in-house certified reference materials.

QM Column  |  Issue 24/4 (2012)

Certified reference materials and proficiency testing in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. Part one: Defining the role

Peter J. Jenks

Peter Jenks looks at some current trends in the supply of CRMs and proficiency testing and highlights difficulties labs may have been when no commercial CRM is available. This will be followed with a second part looking at the production of in-house reference materials.

QM Column  |  Issue 24/3 (2012)

An alternative perspective

Peter J. Jenks

Peter Jenks gains new respect for microbiologists and learns that the way they approach analytical quality control is different from chemists.

QM Column  |  Issue 24/1 (2012)

Regulation in a standardised world: An analytical chemists view "… from the inside"

Chris Burgess, John Hammond

Chris Burgess and John Hammond respond to Peter Jenks' thoughts in the last issue's Quality Matters Column. Please join in the debate and add your comments at the end of the article.

QM Column  |  Issue 23/5 (2011)

Regulation in a standardised world. What role the for the analytical laboratory manager?

Peter J. Jenks

The reasoning behind strict compliance to an ISO Standard is logical, but the consequences can be commercially questionable, if not unsound. Peter Jenks, and many other scientists, are starting to question the commercial viability of all this regulation. What is your opinion?

QM Column  |  Issue 23/4 (2011)

What is wrong with our "community of chemists"?

Peter J. Jenks

Peter Jenks is concerned at the lack of mutual help available on the Internet within the field of analytical chemistry. Other fields, outside science, have strong communities where enthusiasts give freely of their advice and time; why not in analytical chemistry? Please tell us your views by adding a comment to this column article.

QM Column  |  Issue 23/1 (2011)

Report of the 33rd Meeting of ISO/REMCO

J.P. Hammond

The 33rd meeting of the Reference Material Committee of ISO, ISO/REMCO was held in Hangzhou (China) from 3 to 7 May 2010, and was hosted by the Standardisation Administration of China and the China Association of Standardisation. ISO/REMCO now has a membership of 70 members of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and liaison with 18 international organisations and seven ISO-internal committees. The new ISO TC liaison introduced at this meeting is with ISO/TC 158 “Analysis of gases”, with Dr Adriaan van der Veen acting as the REMCO liaison officer.

QM Column  |  Issue 22/4 (2010)

On competition

Peter Jenks

ISO Standard ISO 17025 is the cornerstone of the “Measured Once, Trusted Everywhere” concept and the accreditation of labs and testing establishment to ISO 17025 by accreditation bodies underpins the credibility. ISO 17025 is all about facilitating the free movement of goods and services and so helps to eliminate monopolies, cartels and all sorts of anti-competitive activities.

QM Column  |  Issue 22/3 (2010)