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LGC delivers successful workshop on measurement uncertainty for clinical testing laboratories

11 Nov 2016
LGC, in its role as a National Measurement Laboratory and Designated Institute for chemical and bio-measurement. delivered a fully booked and well received workshop for the clinical testing community on measurement uncertainty.

LGC collaborated with UKAS to design and deliver a workshop to help clinical testing laboratories meet quality requirements regarding the estimation of measurement uncertainty. Uncertainty estimation is an essential part of making measurements, as it provides the range of values that can be attributed to the quantity being measured and therefore gives an indication of the quality of the results obtained. It is for this reason that uncertainty evaluation is a requirement of standards such as ISO 15189 and ISO/IEC 17025.

The “Complying with ISO15189 – Measurement Uncertainty” workshop took place on 2 November at LGC’s headquarters in Teddington, South West London with all 20 places taken. This workshop was partly funded by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) with the objective of providing UK laboratories with useful tools to ensure quality of results. The programme included sessions on the fundamental principles of measurement uncertainty and practical sessions where participants had the opportunity to calculate measurement uncertainty using real case studies.

Carol Moore, Assessment Manager, UKAS, talked about the importance of measurement uncertainty to determine fitness for purpose of results, and highlighted challenges posed by the intrinsic variability in clinical samples and wide range of methods and technological platforms used for testing.

The workshop was very well received by the participants, who provided positive feedback on the relevance of the course and who welcomed the opportunity to discuss their measurement uncertainty challenges with peers:

“Very valuable course – helped with overall understanding and also had useful discussions with other clinical scientists.”

“Well-structured course with excellent take home material.”

“Extremely useful”

Since this workshop was fully booked and there were a number of disappointed clinical scientists on the waiting list, LGC will be running it again in early 2017. For enquiries regarding registration for this course contact

More information on measurement uncertainty and its application in clinical chemistry is available in this report published by LGC.

LGC has been delivering training courses on analytical quality topics for over 20 years, for more information visit