Project Details IUPAC/CITAC Guide for classification, modeling and quantification of human errors in a chemical analytical laboratory

Project No.:
2014-027-1-500
Start Date:
01 October 2014
End Date:
21 September 2016
Division Name:
Analytical Chemistry Division
Division No.:
500

Objective

To develop a guide for classification, modeling and quantification of human errors in a chemical analytical laboratory. The guide will be helpful for improvement of a laboratory quality system and reduction of atypical test results (in particular, out-of-specification test results) caused by human errors.

Description

This project is the continuation of project 2012-021-1-500 “Classification and modeling human errors contributing to measurement uncertainty of chemical analytical test results. The classification and modeling were formulated during the work on project 2012-021-1-500; in addition, an approach to quantification of human errors was developed based on expert judgments. These topics were discussed in papers published by the project team (Kuselman I. et al.) in Accred and Qual Assur 18 (2013) 3-9, https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00769-012-0934-y; 18 (2013) 459-467, https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00769-013-1020-9; 19 (2014) 361-369, https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00769-014-1071-6; in Talanta 130C (2014) 462-469, https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2014.07.036; and at a number of international conferences and workshops on analytical chemistry, quality and metrology. However, a guide for classification, modeling and quantification of human errors in a chemical analytical laboratory is necessary for implementation of the findings. Moreover, a part of the problem is still requiring any solution. We should answer on the question: can human errors be taken into account at evaluation of measurement uncertainty? The present project will allow completing the work and preparation of the corresponding IUPAC/CITAC Guide.

Progress

December 2015 update – The Technical Report titled “IUPAC/CITAC Guide for classification, modeling and quantification of human errors in a chemical analytical laboratory” is under review now in PAC. Thus, the Guide dissemination will proceed in 2016. For this purpose, the chair will take part in the CITAC members meeting in Paris, France, Apr 2016, and in the ISO REMCO members meeting in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Jun 2016.

June 2016 update – The report has been published in PAC Volume 88, Issue 5, Pages 477–515, DOI: 10.1515/pac-2015-1101

Sep 2016 update – An overview of the Technical Report has been published in Chem Int Sep 2016, titled “Human Errors in a Routine Analytical Laboratory—Classification, Modeling and Quantification: Overview of the IUPAC/CITAC Guide”; https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ci-2016-0520

Project complete

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