ASTM E2027 - 17

    Standard Practice for Conducting Proficiency Tests in the Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    Active Standard ASTM E2027 | Developed by Subcommittee: E01.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.05


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This practice sets the basic requirements for proficiency test programs in the chemical analysis of metals, ores, and related materials. It does not set specific procedural requirements, but does establish a framework for particular programs, including those with either small or large numbers of participants.

    4.2 The data from proficiency testing programs can be used for value assignments for in-house reference materials developed in accordance with Guide E2972.

    4.3 Most accreditation bodies require that laboratories participate regularly in proficiency testing programs that they have accepted for this purpose. Therefore, it is essential that each program comply with accepted principles including technical requirements, statistical procedures (see Annex A1), and quality management (see Annex A2).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice provides direction for organizing and conducting proficiency test programs in analytical chemistry for metals, ores, and related materials. It is consistent with ISO/IEC 17043 and Guide E1301. It does not address the selection and use of proficiency testing schemes by accrediting bodies.

    1.2 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

    E826 Practice for Testing Homogeneity of a Metal Lot or Batch in Solid Form by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry

    E1301 Guide for Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparisons

    E2972 Guide for Production, Testing, and Value Assignment of In-House Reference Materials for Metals, Ores, and Other Related Materials

    ISO Standards

    ISO 13528 Statistical Methods for Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparison

    ISO9001 Quality Management

    ISO/IEC17025


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.30 (Chemical analysis of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11100000(Minerals and ores and metals)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E2027-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E2027-17, Standard Practice for Conducting Proficiency Tests in the Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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