In conjunction with Dan Tholen (contributor to the revised ISO 13528:2015 and a liaison for ILAC), and AIHA PAT (AIHA Proficiency Analytical Testing Programs), QuoData’s first workshop on the revised ISO 13528: 2015 has come successfully to a close.
The workshop took place in Falls Church, Virginia at the AIHA main office from 8 – 10 March, 2016. The training was provided on request by AIHA but was open to outside attendance. Statisticians, QA supervisors, microbiologists, chemists and others from private enterprise such as NAPT & Millipore Sigma and public organizations like the FDA & NIST contributed to the multidisciplinary mix of participants.
The focus of the workshop was on ISO 13528:2015 – the revised standard for statistical methods for PT. In fact, QuoData’s scientific director Steffen Uhlig, played an integral role in the revision process of the standard. This combined with QuoData’s 20 plus years’ experience in international standards for quality assurance statistics and analysis, made sure that participants were guided through the workshop by qualified experts who understand standardization and proficiency testing first-hand.
The workshop covered all necessary aspects of the standard including PT design, data review (robust methods, outlier removal etc.), evaluation of performance and procedures for qualitative data and graphics.
The workshop was well received by all participants. Some of the feedback afterwards included:
- “It was a pleasure, after leaving the conference I can honestly say that I could not be more impressed by the professionalism and open-mindedness that Christian exuded. I'll keep in mind the future workshops, I'm sure our paths will cross again."
- “I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and getting to meet you and to network with some in the PT world.”
- “I really enjoyed the class this week”
Based on the success of the past workshop, QuoData has begun planning for similar workshops in the near future.