Chapter 7. Benchmarking Your Laboratory

  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.ch7

Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry

Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry

How to Cite

Prichard, E. and Barwick, V. (2007) Benchmarking Your Laboratory, in Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470517772.ch7

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



  • proficiency testing (PT) schemes and collaborative studies;
  • Certified Reference Materials (CRMs);
  • inductively coupled plasma–optical emission spectroscopy (ICP–OES);
  • benchmarking your laboratory;
  • proficiency testing scheme;
  • adequate quality management system;
  • performance scoring systems;
  • analytical and non-analytical errors


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Proficiency Testing Schemes

  • Organization of Proficiency Testing Schemes

  • The Statistics Used in Proficiency Testing Schemes

  • Making the Most of Participation in Proficiency Testing Schemes

  • Collaborative Studies

  • References