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Understanding The Process and Benefits of Proficiency Testing - Steve Hepburn

The 3rd GCC Laboratory Proficiency Conference is organized as part of the strategic orientations of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) for the development of the standardization and quality infrastructure, thereby contributing to the development of commerce and industry and to the support of national economy in the GCC member states. Since the field of proficiency testing is newly introduced in the GCC member states and as the infrastructure of laboratories has not yet taken the shape of national or regional organizations representing the laboratories and reflecting their requirements, GSO is in need of meeting with a considerable group of laboratories to explore and prioritize GCC member states’ requirements in terms of the fields which must top the list of the fields to be developed and upgraded. Based on the study conducted by GSO during 2011 on the status of proficiency testing activities in the member states which shown that the laboratories operating in the member states are in need of a unified data center on proficiency testing activities, GSO organized two conferences in 2013 and 2014 on the subject. The conferences scored high rates of success in terms of the selected scientific material, quality of speakers and the targeted audience. Accordingly, GSO conceptualization of the method of coordinating and upgrading the activity of proficiency tests in the GCC member states included a recommendation on the organization of annual training courses and awareness symposia by the GSO on the fields of proficiency tests. This year’s Conference will be held in Dubai during two days the 24th and 25th of March 2015, and will coincide with the annual Analytical Industry exhibition ARABLAB which will be held in Dubai during the period 23 – 26 March 2015.

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GCC Countries Proficiency Testing:
Story of Success
© ASTM International 2
Helping Our World Work Better
12,000+ ASTM
standards
operate globally
- Not-for Profit
- Non-governmental
Independent Standards
Organization
- Established in 1898
Applied to just
about everything
from Petroleum
to Textiles.
Standards that
improve
the lives
of millions
every day
What is ASTM?
29 January 2015
© ASTM International 3
Accreditation and Proficiency Testing (PT)
- To achieve initial accreditation a laboratory must be
able to demonstrate successful participation in at least
one PT event
- A laboratory must develop a plan to demonstrate
how they will prove their competency within the test
methods/technologies under their scope of accreditation
- This PT plan must include commercially available and
relevant PT, such as PT offered by ASTM
29 January 2015
ASTM is not a laboratory Accreditation Agency, but we provide PT
© ASTM International 4
Benefits of Proficiency Testing
- Discover sources of error
- Detect systematic errors
- Improve precision (inconsistency)
- Enhance internal method comparison
- Interpret effectiveness of changes
- Establish a common understanding of test method differences
- Discovery of test method sensitivities
- Demonstrate effectiveness of changes
- To test methods
- To test instructions
Education
- Provide interpretive information
- Impart on new or rare analytes and matrices
29 January 2015
Laboratory Improvement
© ASTM International 5
Over 85 years of Proficiency Testing Experience
ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP)
 Launched in 1929, the program has grown to
include several different facets and material types
 We provide uniform, homogenous samples
analyzed by participating labs using specified
methods; and results are reported for statistical
treatment
 Post testing we issue a program-specific statistical
report summarizing the testing performed by labs
across the world
52
proficiency testing
programs involve 4,700
Laboratories and 6,500
units of participation
58% of participation
from outside USA
29 January 2015
• Petroleum products
• Plastics
• Metals
• Aromatic hydrocarbons
• Insulating fluids
• Engine coolants
• Cement & Concrete
• Rebar testing
• Textiles, and more
© ASTM International 6
ASTM Proficiency Testing Program
 We deliver a program designed as a statistical quality control
tool enabling participating laboratories to assess their
performance in conducting ASTM or other committee approved
test methods, such as ISO, IP, EN,BSI,UOP, AATCC, etc.
 We provide management and the administrative support
o Program registration, sample preparation and distribution,
data collection and generation of statistical summary
reports
 We coordinate the preparation and distribution of test samples
o Test samples are prepared by outside contractors
 We administer reporting instructions, lab test worksheets and
electronic data report forms for submitting lab data, all
accessible on the ASTM PTP website portal
PTP’s
facilitating
proficiency in
exercising over
400 different
test methods
29 January 2015
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Understanding The Process and Benefits of Proficiency Testing - Steve Hepburn

  • 1. © ASTM International GCC Countries Proficiency Testing: Story of Success
  • 2. © ASTM International 2 Helping Our World Work Better 12,000+ ASTM standards operate globally - Not-for Profit - Non-governmental Independent Standards Organization - Established in 1898 Applied to just about everything from Petroleum to Textiles. Standards that improve the lives of millions every day What is ASTM? 29 January 2015
  • 3. © ASTM International 3 Accreditation and Proficiency Testing (PT) - To achieve initial accreditation a laboratory must be able to demonstrate successful participation in at least one PT event - A laboratory must develop a plan to demonstrate how they will prove their competency within the test methods/technologies under their scope of accreditation - This PT plan must include commercially available and relevant PT, such as PT offered by ASTM 29 January 2015 ASTM is not a laboratory Accreditation Agency, but we provide PT
  • 4. © ASTM International 4 Benefits of Proficiency Testing - Discover sources of error - Detect systematic errors - Improve precision (inconsistency) - Enhance internal method comparison - Interpret effectiveness of changes - Establish a common understanding of test method differences - Discovery of test method sensitivities - Demonstrate effectiveness of changes - To test methods - To test instructions Education - Provide interpretive information - Impart on new or rare analytes and matrices 29 January 2015 Laboratory Improvement
  • 5. © ASTM International 5 Over 85 years of Proficiency Testing Experience ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP)  Launched in 1929, the program has grown to include several different facets and material types  We provide uniform, homogenous samples analyzed by participating labs using specified methods; and results are reported for statistical treatment  Post testing we issue a program-specific statistical report summarizing the testing performed by labs across the world 52 proficiency testing programs involve 4,700 Laboratories and 6,500 units of participation 58% of participation from outside USA 29 January 2015 • Petroleum products • Plastics • Metals • Aromatic hydrocarbons • Insulating fluids • Engine coolants • Cement & Concrete • Rebar testing • Textiles, and more
  • 6. © ASTM International 6 ASTM Proficiency Testing Program  We deliver a program designed as a statistical quality control tool enabling participating laboratories to assess their performance in conducting ASTM or other committee approved test methods, such as ISO, IP, EN,BSI,UOP, AATCC, etc.  We provide management and the administrative support o Program registration, sample preparation and distribution, data collection and generation of statistical summary reports  We coordinate the preparation and distribution of test samples o Test samples are prepared by outside contractors  We administer reporting instructions, lab test worksheets and electronic data report forms for submitting lab data, all accessible on the ASTM PTP website portal PTP’s facilitating proficiency in exercising over 400 different test methods 29 January 2015 What We Provide
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  • 9. © ASTM International 9 ASTM Proficiency Testing Program Types Aromatic Hydrocarbon Testing &  Aromatic Hydrocarbons  Engine Coolants  Diesel Exhaust Fluids 14PTP Programs in Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Textiles, Cement and Concrete and Electrical Insulating Fluids Aqueous Solution Testing  Insulation Fluid Quality– In-Service Insulating Fluid  Dissolved Gas Analyses Electrical Insulating Fluids  Heavy, Medium, and Heavy Fabric  Yarns and Threads Textiles Testing 29 January 2015 Cement and Concrete Testing - Cement - Concrete - Aggregate - Steel Reinforcing Bars - Pozzolan - Slag Cement - Masonry
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  • 11. © ASTM International 15 April 2015 11 ASTM Proficiency Testing Program - Participation in GCC Countries ASTM PTP MAP  Unites Arab Emirates – 32 laboratories, participating in 42 different programs  Saudi Arabia – 24 laboratories participating in 23 different programs  Kuwait – 5 laboratories participating in 10 different programs  Bahrain – 3 laboratories participating in 7 different programs  Qatar – 6 laboratories participating in 9 different programs  Oman – 4 laboratories participating in 6 different programs  All labs above take part in our testing programs, such as Petroleum Products, Plastics, Metals, Aqueous Solution Products, Insulating Fluids, and Textiles testing
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  • 13. © ASTM International 15 April 2015 13 ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs Now Available on the GCC and EPTIS Websites Please view our programs at these respected websites: GCC: http://www.gso.org.sa/gso-website/gso-website/activities/accreditation/pten EPTIS: http://www.eptis.bam.de/en/index.htm
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  • 17. © ASTM International In Conclusion - Proficiency testing is a critical component of the accreditation process. • Assists laboratories by giving them a tool to achieve accreditation • Allows all laboratories worldwide to compare their data against their piers • Helps users familiarize themselves with ASTM test methods and the test method process improvement. 29 January 2015 17
  • 18. © ASTM International 18 Questions Thank you for attending. If you have any questions please contact : ASTM International Steve Hepburn, Director of Proficiency Testing Email: shepburn@astm.org Phone: (610) 832-9688 29 January 2015