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Analytical Chemistry Division (V)
issues in metrology in chemistry
Mini-symposium - 17 Feb 2004
of the IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Division and the Working Party for
Harmonisation of Quality Assurance.
The Analytical Chemistry Division Committee (ACD) will hold its next
meeting at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna on February 16 and 17,
At its previous meeting (at the General Assembly in Ottawa, August
2003) a Workshop was held on the topic: "New challenges for
Analytical Chemists: Genomics and proteomics". This included
presentations by Aled Edwards (Director of the Genomic Consortium,
University of Toronto), Jim McLaren, Director of the Chemical and
Mechanical Standards, National Research Council, Ottawa, and Heinz
Schimmel, IRMM, Geel, Belgium. It covered the role of analytical mass
spectrometry in the identification and prediction of disease states,
and the need for accurate measurements of DNA in the light of regulatory
trends and the increasing role of genetically modified organisms.
A successful outcome of the event was the identification of three
possible Projects, all of which are currently being developed into
Building on this successful use of an ACD meeting for input from
external experts, the meeting in Vienna will include a mini-symposium
on: "Emerging issues in metrology in chemistry".
This will be a joint meeting with IUPAC's Inter-Divisional Working
Party for Harmonisation of Quality Assurance (WPQA).
The ACD has identified metrological traceability in chemistry as
one of its core concerns for the next biennium. Also, since 2001,
the WPQA has had an important project on the concept of "Metrological
Traceability" of a chemical measurement result: P. De Bièvre
(Project Leader), R. Dybkaer, A. Fajgelj and B. Hibbert.
The symposium will include presentations by:
Robert Wielgosz, Bureau International des
Poids et Mesures (BIPM): Key comparisons at BIPM: purpose, examples,
MRA and CMCs
Paul De Bievre, (Consultant on Metrology
in Chemistry): Traceability and Measurement Uncertainty
L. Pendrill, Swedish National Testing and
Research Institute (Chair of IUPAP): What does IUPAP understand
by 'Metrological Traceability'
M. Groening and A. Fajgelj, (IAEA): Metrological
traceability in special fields, e.g. stable isotope ratio measurements
We have also extended an invitation to leading staff from IAEA to
attend the mini-symposium which will take place on the morning of
Tuesday 17 February 2004.
The ACD sees this meeting is an opportunity for bridge-building and
transfer of information between IUPAC, the invited agencies, and IAEA.
It is an opportunity for IUPAC to exercise its responsibility in facilitating
harmonisation of the concepts measurement uncertainty, traceability
of measurement results, and international terminology. It is also
an opportunity for IUPAC to inform key agencies of its current projects
and those under development.
The mini-symposium is set for a half day, but will be followed by
a de-briefing session on Tuesday afternoon in which the ACD and WPQA
will try to crystallize concerns that were raised in the symposium,
and that may lead to formulation of other IUPAC Projects that address
current issues in metrological traceability. The symposium will be
preceded on the Monday afternoon by a briefing session for the ACD
on the background, concepts and responsibilities of different key
For further information about the mini-symposium on February 17,
Ales Fajgelj: [email protected]
Kip Powell: [email protected]
report - Chem. Int. 26(3), 2004
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