Published online by Cambridge University Press: 16 February 2022
Following an overview of Quality Management concepts and the creation of a Quality Management System (QMS) there is a discussion of the principles of Accreditation and Accreditation schemes. The importance of training is emphasized, and the goal-orientated reiterative assessments apporach described, including defining criteria for competence as the endpoint of training. There are also discussion on quality control, measurement uncertainty, test method selection and comparison,laboratory equipment monitoring, and External Quality Assurance (EQA). A section on regulatory aspects includes a comparison between Standards (including the new ISO 23162) and guidelines. A final section describes a framework for validating new test methods.