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Course Title: Measurement Uncertainty - An Introduction
Categories: 1 - Analytical Metrology
2 - Chemometrics
3 - Data Analysis
4 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
5 - Statistics
6 - Validation
Instructor(s): Bernard King Course Number: 89
Affiliation: Consultant
Course Date: 03/06/2017 - Monday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $575 ($775 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Laboratories need to be able to evaluate their measurement uncertainties (MU) in order to comply with accreditation and other regulatory requirements. This course is for those new to the subject. It makes use of presentations, worked examples, delegate exercises and discussion, and covers the following topics: MU concepts and practice, revision of basic statistics, ISO approach to evaluating MU,how MU fits in with other quality requirements and finally, simplified approaches to evaluating MU. Delegates will need to bring a calculator, capable of undertaking simple statistical calculations, in order to be able to undertake the delegate exercises. A second course, Measurement Uncertainty - Intermediate Level, develops the subject further.

Target Audience
This course is for chemical analysts (scientists and technicians), managers, accreditation assessors and academics who would like to obtain an overview of measurement uncertainty and its evaluation. You don't need to be a statistician, but some knowledge, even a rusty knowledge, of basic statistics (mean, standard deviation etc.) is required.

Course Outline
An overview of MU concepts and practice; Revision of basic statistics; Step by step explanation of the ISO (GUM) guide, covering the following: sources of MU, sources of information about MU, converting uncertainties into standard uncertainties, combining uncertainties, calculating the expanded uncertainty, and the traceability of measurements; The MU requirements of laboratory accreditation; Applicability of MU estimates; Reporting MU. The day will include four delegate exercises.

Course Instructor's Biography
As a past director of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist in the UK and the National Analytical Reference Laboratory of Australia, I have experience of a wide range of chemical analysis and laboratory management in the environment, food, forensic, industrial and medical sectors. I have also been extensively involved in international work associated with metrology and analytical quality. In recent years, as a semi-retired consultant, I have provided courses and consultancy in many parts of the world, covering measurement uncertainty, method validation, reference materials, accreditation and statistics.