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Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparison Performed in 2010–2015 for Neutron Activation Analysis and Other Analytical Techniques


English IAEA-TECDOC-1831 ¦ 978-92-0-108617-4

84 pages ¦ 18 figures ¦ € 18.00 ¦ Date published: 2017

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The IAEA supports its Member States to increase the utilization of their research reactors. Small and medium sized reactors are mostly used for neutron activation analysis (NAA). Although the markets for NAA laboratories have been identified, demonstration of valid analytical results and organizational quality of the work process are preconditions for expanding the stakeholder community, particularly in commercial routine application of this powerful technique. The IAEA has implemented a new mechanism for supporting NAA laboratories in demonstrating their analytical performance by participation in proficiency testing schemes by interlaboratory comparison. This activity makes possible the identification of deviations and non-conformities, their causes and the process to implement effective approaches to eliminate them. Over 30 laboratories participated between 2010 and 2015 in consecutive proficiency tests organized by the IAEA in conjunction with the Wageningen Evaluating Programmes for Analytical Laboratories (WEPAL) to assess their analytical performances. This publication reports the findings and includes lessons learned of this activity. An attached CD-ROM contains many individual participating laboratory papers sharing their individual results and experience gained through this participation.

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Research Reactors and Particle Accelerators, Applications, Nuclear Activation Analysis, Laboratories, Quality Control, Nuclear Reactors, Neutron Activation Analysis, NAA, Performance, Analytical Techniques, Proficiency Tests, Stakeholder, Interlaboratory Comparison, WEPAL, Wageningen Evaluating Programmes for Analytical Laboratories, Lessons Learned, Measurements, Results, Feedback, Education, ISE, International Soil-Analytical Exchange, Sustainability, Indicators, Reference Materials, Calibration

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