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LGC scientists participate in Eurachem Annual General Assembly

31 Jul 2017
LGC scientists Steve Ellison, Science Fellow and Principal Scientist for Statistics, Vicki Barwick, Head of Commercial Training, and Brian Brookman, Director Proficiency Testing, attended the 2017 Annual General Assembly of Eurachem, hosted by the Pancyprian Union of Chemists at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia in May.

Eurachem is a network of European organisations with the objective of establishing a system for the international traceability of chemical measurements and the promotion of good quality practices. The General Assembly meeting provides an opportunity for representatives from the 32 member countries to meet and discuss Eurachem activities and future work both at the Assembly level and within specific Working Groups.

Steve Ellison and Vicki Barwick gave presentations at the 2-day workshop on ‘Uncertainty in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis’ run during the General Assembly week (available online). Steve also co-chaired a break-out discussion session on measurement uncertainty in food and environmental analysis. The workshop was attended by approximately 100 participants and was well received.

Eurachem’s technical activities are carried out through its Working Groups. LGC is represented in all the currently active Working Groups: Measurement Uncertainty and Traceability (Steve Ellison, Chair), Education and Training (Vicki Barwick, Chair), Qualitative Analysis (Steve Ellison, Secretary), Proficiency Testing (Brian Brookman, Chair and Tracey Noblett (Head of Microbiology, Proficiency Testing), Secretary) and Method Validation (Vicki Barwick and Steve Ellison, members). The Working Groups produce technical guidance documents to support best practice, and organise and contribute to international workshops and conferences.

The next Eurachem workshop will be the International Workshop on Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine is being held in Potoroz, Slovenia, in October 2017.