Using proficiency testing in the analytical laboratory

This course can be delivered as an online course or an onsite course at your own location. To discuss your requirements please contact us.

Participation in a proficiency testing (PT) scheme gives laboratories an independent and objective measure of the quality of their output and is therefore a highly effective diagnostic tool for a laboratory’s quality system. There is more to be gained from PT results than a simple assessment of ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ performance. This course focuses on the interpretation of PT performance scores and the types of investigations and corrective actions that may be required in the event of an unsatisfactory score. The course also covers the statistics commonly used in PT schemes which will aid with the interpretation of PT data.

What are the benefits?

This course will help you:

  • Understand how PT works and the different types of schemes that are available
  • Interpret and use effectively the results and evaluation from PT schemes
  • Understand the statistical approaches used in proficiency testing.


The course will cover:

  • An introduction to PT, how it works and its objectives
  • Statistics used in PT schemes
  • Interpretation of PT scheme data
  • Feedback on laboratory performance and corrective actions.

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Who should attend?

This course is designed for laboratory staff (chemists and microbiologists) who participate in PT schemes and/or are responsible for the interpretation of PT results. The course is also suitable for laboratory customers and auditors who use PT scheme performance as a tool for monitoring a laboratory’s quality.