This training program will discuss the concept and application of uncertainty of measurement (MU) as required by ISO/IEC Standard 17025:2005 for laboratory accreditation, from a practical microbiological perspective, using unambiguous language and useful examples.
Laboratories are often confused about the uncertainty of measurement (MU). Further ambiguity on the subject arises as to:
- What is needed to meet the ISO/IEC Standard 17025:2005 requirements?
- What data should be collected?
- How to analyze the data?
- This course will address these questions and discuss a practical step by step approach specifically applicable to microbiology.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will learn:
- The significance of uncertainty of measurement (MU)
- What data must be collected to calculate MU
- How to calculate MU
- How to use MU estimations as part of the laboratory’s quality management system
Areas Covered in the Session :
- Statistical approaches to measuring precision
- Using precision of a method for calculating MU
- MU and MPN methods
- How to make practical use of MU data
- Applying MU concepts to qualitative methods
Who Should Attend:
- Microbiological bench analysts
- QA managers
- Laboratory managers/supervisors
- QC practitioners
- Food companies who rely on microbiological criteria for estimating risk
Course Director: MICHAEL BRODSKY
Michael Brodsky has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 42 years. He is a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association, The International Association for Food Protection and AOAC International.
He serves as co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Panel for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC OMA and the AOAC Research Institute, as a reviewer for Standard Method for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and as a chapter editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology.
He is also a lead auditor/assessor in microbiology for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) and is vice-chair of the CALA Board of Directors.