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This guide describes the essential activities that are required to establish and operate a quality management system in a laboratory or organization that provides services in sample collection, sample preparation, or testing of coal, coke, or combustion residues from coal and coke.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, this guide was withdrawn in September 2010 and replaced by, Practice D7448 for Establishing the Competence of Laboratories Using ASTM Procedures in the Sampling and Analysis of Coal and Coke.
1.1 This guide describes the essential activities that are required to establish and operate a quality management system in a laboratory or organization that provides services in sample collection, sample preparation, or testing of coal, coke, or combustion residues from coal and coke.Note 1
The word "laboratory" is used throughout this guide when referring to an organization that provides services in coal sampling or testing, or both. It is recognized, however, that the word may not be appropriate to an organization that does not perform actual laboratory sample testing.
1.2 The principles of this guide are suggested as being the minimum acceptable requirements for the management of quality in a coal or coke sampling or testing organization, although some elements may not be necessary or appropriate for organizations that provide limited services.
1.3 Laboratories meeting the requirements of this guide may or may not meet the requirements of the ISO 9000 series of standards.Note 2
An accrediting body may also impose other nontechnical requirements such as payment of fees or submittal of quality documentation for review.
1.4 This guide is based upon many of the issues presented in Guide E 548. The user may also consult Guide E 882 for other items that may be pertinent. ISO Guide 25 has also been extensively consulted.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D346 Practice for Collection and Preparation of Coke Samples for Laboratory Analysis
D2013 Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Analysis
D2234/D2234M Practice for Collection of a Gross Sample of Coal
D3180 Practice for Calculating Coal and Coke Analyses from As-determined to Different Bases
D3302 Test Method for Total Moisture in Coal
D4182 Practice for Evaluation of Laboratories Using ASTM Procedures in the Sampling and Analysis of Coal and Coke
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Methods
E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics
E548 Guide for General Criteria Used for Evaluating Laboratory Competence
E882 Guide for Accountability and Quality Control in the Chemical Analysis Laboratory
E1187 Terminology Relating to Conformity Assessment
E1323 Guide for Evaluating Laboratory Measurement Practices and Statistical Analysis of the Resulting Data
E1579 Guide for Ensuring Data Integrity in Highly Computerized Laboratory Operations
ISO DocumentGuide 25 General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories
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ASTM D4621-99(2004), Standard Guide for Quality Management in an Organization That Samples or Tests Coal and Coke (Withdrawn 2010), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004, www.astm.orgBack to Top