Guidance Document on Measurement Uncertainty for Laboratories
This document on measurement uncertainty was developed within the network of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Dioxins and PCBs in Feed and Food and the respective National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) of member states. Detailed guidance is given on the evaluation of measurement uncertainty in the quantitative analysis of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), to assist laboratories performing official feed and food control within the European Union, especially National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and Official Laboratories (OFLs). It provides useful key elements contributing to further harmonization of compliance assessment and outlines practical aspects related to measurement uncertainty estimation.
A new concept placing special emphasis on the inclusion of current method performance data is presented. The concept covers the full analytical process from sample receipt at the laboratory through sample storage, preparation and analysis, to data processing and reporting. In particular, it focuses on the role of analytical variability generally known as "measurement uncertainty" (MU) in the interpretation of analytical results for assessment of their compliance with a specification.