ASTM E882 - 10

    Standard Guide for Accountability and Quality Control in the Chemical Analysis Laboratory

    Active Standard ASTM E882 | Developed by Subcommittee: E01.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.05


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    Significance and Use

    An accountability and quality control system is established by laboratory management to improve the quality of its results. It provides documented records which serve to assure users of the laboratory's services that a specified level of precision is achieved in the routine performance of its measurements and that the data reported were obtained from the samples submitted. The system also provides for: early warning to analysts when methods or equipment begin to develop a bias or show deterioration of precision; the protection and retrievability of data (results); traceability and control of samples as they are processed through the laboratory; good communication of sample information between submitters, analysts, and supervision; and information on sample processing history. This guide describes such a system. Other accountability and quality control programs can be developed. Such programs can be equivalent to the program in this guide if they provide all of the benefits mentioned above.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the essential aspects of an accountability and quality control program for a chemical analysis laboratory. The reasons for establishing and operating such a program are discussed.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E135 Terminology Relating to Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    E1329 Practice for Verification and Use of Control Charts in Spectrochemical Analysis


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 81141500(Quality control)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0882-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E882-10, Standard Guide for Accountability and Quality Control in the Chemical Analysis Laboratory, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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