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Significance and Use
This is one of a series of guides designed to provide guidance for implementing activities that meet the requirements of a sound laboratory quality assurance program. The first of these, Guide C1009, is an umbrella guide that provides general criteria for ensuring the quality of analytical laboratory data. Other guides provide expanded criteria in various areas affecting quality, producing a comprehensive set of criteria for controlling data quality. The approach to ensuring the quality of analytical measurements described in these guides is depicted in Fig. 1.
The training and qualification of analysts is one of the elements of laboratory quality assurance presented in Guide C1009, which provides some general criteria regarding qualification. This guide expands on those criteria to provide more comprehensive guidance for qualifying analysts. As indicated in Guide C1009, the qualification process can vary in approach; this guide provides one such approach.
This guide describes an approach to analyst qualification that is designed to be used in conjunction with a rigorous program for the qualification and control of the analytical measurement system. This requires an existing data base which defines the characteristics (precision and bias) of the system in routine use. The initial development of this data base is described in Guide C1068. The process described here is intended only to qualify analysts when such a data base exists and the method is in control.
The qualification activities described in this guide assume that the analyst is already proficient in general laboratory operations. The training or other activities that developed this proficiency are not covered in this guide.
This guide describes a basic approach and principles for the qualification of laboratory analysts. Users are cautioned to ensure that the qualification program implemented meets the needs and requirements of their laboratory.
1.1 This guide covers the qualification of analysts to perform chemical analysis or physical measurements of nuclear fuel cycle materials. The guidance is general in that it is applicable to all analytical methods, but must be applied method by method. Also, the guidance is general in that it may be applied to initial qualification or requalification.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C1009 Guide for Establishing a Quality Assurance Program for Analytical Chemistry Laboratories Within the Nuclear Industry
C1068 Guide for Qualification of Measurement Methods by a Laboratory Within the Nuclear Industry
C1128 Guide for Preparation of Working Reference Materials for Use in Analysis of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Materials
C1156 Guide for Establishing Calibration for a Measurement Method Used to Analyze Nuclear Fuel Cycle Materials
C1210 Guide for Establishing a Measurement System Quality Control Program for Analytical Chemistry Laboratories Within the Nuclear Industry
C1215 Guide for Preparing and Interpreting Precision and Bias Statements in Test Method Standards Used in the Nuclear Industry
ISO StandardISO Guide 30 Terms and Definitions Used in Connection with Reference Materials Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.
ICS Number Code 27.120.30 (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology)
UNSPSC Code 15131500(Nuclear fuel)
ASTM C1297-03(2011), Standard Guide for Qualification of Laboratory Analysts for the Analysis of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.orgBack to Top