Chapter 1. The Need for Reliable Results

  1. Elizabeth Prichard B.Sc., Ph.D., FRSC, CChem. Senior Research Fellow Associate Professor Government Chemist editor staff professional analyst partner and
  2. Vicki Barwick B.Sc Government Chemist analyst Project Manager co-authored

Published Online: 5 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470517772.ch1

Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry

Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry

How to Cite

Prichard, E. and Barwick, V. (2007) The Need for Reliable Results, in Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470517772.ch1

Author Information

  1. LGC, Teddington, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 24 AUG 2007

Book Series:

  1. Analytical Techniques in the Sciences

Book Series Editors:

  1. David J. Ando

Series Editor Information

  1. Dartford, Kent, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470012031

Online ISBN: 9780470517772



  • quality assurance in analytical chemistry;
  • chemical measurement;
  • analytical measurement reliability;
  • ‘getting it wrong’ and loss of confidence;
  • analytical work;
  • purpose of analysis;
  • choice of method and validation of method;
  • quality in services and products


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Analytical Work is Required

  • Social and Economic Impact of a ‘Wrong Analysis’

  • What do we Mean by ‘Quality’

  • Customer Requirements

  • Purpose of Analysis

  • Reference