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A Primer on Quality in the Analytical Laboratory

1st Edition

By John Kenkel

CRC Press

96 pages

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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.



"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

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

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Analytic