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Laboratory performance criteria in the Environmental Lead Proficiency Analytical Testing (ELPAT) Program.

Authors
Schlecht PC; Song R
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1996 Dec; :1-22
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00235022
Abstract
This report examines the rating criteria used in the Environmental Lead Proficiency Analytical Testing (ELPAT) Program. ELPAT employs simple criteria based on the number of acceptable results to rate a laboratory's performance. In this study, the statistical power of the current criteria was calculated and compared with alternative criteria based on z-scores. The results indicated that the alternative criteria are more powerful in detecting poor laboratory performance and more flexible in detecting bias or poor precision. The alternative criteria can be easily adjusted for various needs and the estimates of bias and precision of each participant can be obtained using the z-scores.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Chemical-analysis; Lead-compounds; Analytical-chemistry; Analytical-methods; Laboratory-testing; Statistical-analysis
Publication Date
19961201
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-147128
NTIS Price
A03
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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