Evaluation of accuracy and precision in an inter-laboratory comparison of total mercury in hair
Author: Gill, Udai
Source: Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Volume 9, Number 8, July 2004 , pp. 488-492(5)
Abstract:Three round robins, involving 22 laboratories from eight countries, were conducted at six month intervals. Each of the participating laboratories analysed four samples of NIES-13 in three subsequent round robins during July 2000–October 2001. The objective of the current study was to determine accuracy and precision among participants for the analysis of total mercury. Both accuracy and precision for total mercury determinations in powder hair samples were good. The median within-laboratory (within-run) CVs ranged from 3.1 to 3.9% for four CRM samples. Most laboratories showed a proportional bias relative to the consensus mean of up to 16%. Two laboratories reported results that, on average, were almost 30% higher than the consensus mean value. Significant among-laboratory imprecision was found in the present study. Improvements are needed to reduce the analytical imprecision in a few laboratories, and attention must be focused on calibration issues and methodology-related problems.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Environmental Research Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Sir Frederick G. Banting Research Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A OL2, PL 2201A1, Canada, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: July 1, 2004