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1st Edition

A Primer on Quality in the Analytical Laboratory

ISBN 9781566705165
Published December 7, 1999 by CRC Press
96 Pages

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Book Description

Today's industrial laboratory analyst encounters issues such as quality control, quality assurance ISO 9000, standard operating procedures, calibration, standard reference materials, statistical control, control charts, proficiency testing, validation, system suitability, chain of custody, good laboratory practices, protocol, and audits. In a well-written and readable style, A Primer on Quality in the Analytical Laboratory provides an introduction to quality, standards, and regulations in the analytical laboratory and serves as a valuable resource to a myriad of laboratory practices.


Table of Contents

Introduction to Quality
Quality Standards and Regulations
Principles and Terminology of Quality Assurance
Elementary Statistics
Distribution of Measurements
Students "t"
Rejection of Data
Final Comments on Statistics
The Practice of Quality Assurance
Standard Operating Procedures
Calibration and Standardization
Reference Materials
Statistical Control and Control Charts
Method Selection and Development
Proficiency Testing
The Sample
Definitions and Examples
Statistics of Sampling
Sampling Handling
Good Laboratory Practices
General Provisions
Organizations and Personnel
Testing Facility Operations
Tests, Control, and Reference Substances
Protocols for and Conduct of a Study
Records and Reports
Quality Assurance Audit
Accreditation and Certification

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"With this primer, John Kenkel seeks to fill this gap by providing a brief but thorough introduction to the principles of quality assurance and quality control…book includes a wealth of information, with chapters covering statistics, quality assurance, sampling, good laboratory practices, and quality audits. The text is written in a lively style…and uses practical examples to which the reader can easily relate…Newly employed analytical chemists will find this primer to be of immense benefit as they adjust to an industrial laboratory's increased emphasis on quality and to the interactions between their laboratory and federal regulations."
David Harvey, in Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 77, No. 12

"...extremely well written, and the author knows his subject well. He is knowledgeable about all the national and international organizations that play a part in quality control in analytical chemistry. His facts are accurate and current. Furthermore, his style is unusually readable, even when he describes rather dry subjects like government regulations. I learned a great deal from my quick reading."-David Lide, bestselling author of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and other titles

"...Good presentation of TQM, quality standards, and GLP"-Kirk Hunter, Texas State Technical College

"Yesterday, I received [Kenkel's] 'Primer on Quality in the Analytical Laboratory'...It was so interesting I took it home and read the whole thing...I'm impressed...I'm not often this excited about a document...this is a useful one..."-Bob Hofstader, American Chemical Society

"...extremely clearly written, one of the best introductions to statistical analysis applied to experimental data that I've seen. I enjoyed reading it and I commend the author on the clarity of his writing...The uniqueness if this [book] is [how the author ties] it to the regulatory requirements of the government and [couples] it with the numerous associations and organizations he mentions in the text."-A. Keith Furr, bestselling author of the CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety, now in its fifth edition