Proficiency testing (PT): Microbiological parameters in drinking water


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February 2021 22/01/2021 08/02/2021 05/03/2021 23/03/2021
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Final Reports in the Customer Area

May 2021 30/04/2021 17/05/2021 11/06/2021 28/06/2021
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September 2021 10/09/2021 27/09/2021 22/10/2021 08/11/2021
Registration deadline: 10/09/2021
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Interlaboratory proficiency testing organized in accordance with the standard ISO/IEC 17043:2010 - Conformity assessment — General requirements for proficiency testing.


Scope of the Interlaboratory Proficiency Testing

The scope of this interlaboratory proficiency testing is the evaluation of the performance of laboratories for the quantitative determination of microbiological parameters in drinking water or similar matrixes (ex. mineral water, groundwater, etc.) according to standard requested.

PARAMETERS

  • Total aerobic count at 22 oC (1 - 1000 UFC/mL)
  • Total aerobic count at 36 oC (1 - 1000 UFC/mL)
  • Reference method: ISO 6222 or equivalent methods.


  • Enumeration of Coliform bacteria (1 - 1000 UFC/100mL)
  • Enumeration of Escherichia coli (1 - 1000 UFC/100mL)
  • Reference method: ISO 9308-1 or equivalent methods.


  • Enumeration of Enterococci (1 - 1000 UFC/100mL)
  • Reference method: ISO 7899-2 or equivalent methods.


  • Enumeration of Clostridium perfringens (including spores) (1 - 1000 UFC/100mL)
  • Reference method: ISO 14189 or equivalent methods.


  • Enumeration of Coagulase Positive Staphylococci (1 - 1000 UFC/250mL)

  • Enumeration of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (1 - 1000 UFC/250mL)
  • Reference method: ISO 16266 or equivalent methods.


  • Enumeration of Legionella pneumophila (10 - 10.000 UFC/L)
  • Enumeration of Legionella spp (10 - 10.000 UFC/L)
  • Reference method: ISO 11731 or equivalent methods.

NOTE - MPN RESULTS: Participants can also submit results obtained by methods based on the MPN technique. The results obtained with the MPN technique will be evaluated (z-score) using the reference value calculated from the statistical treatment of the results obtained with the UFC technique.


Proficiency test item:

The test samples are prepared by participants according to instructions of Guide Lines of the proficiency testing using vial(s) containing the microorganism(s) and granulated Buffered Peptone Water sent to laboratories by express courier service. The vials are transported in isothermal containers equipped with a cold storage system (wet ice).

  • 10 x 1L of the test material for the determination of Total aerobic count at 22 oC and 36 oC, Coliform bacteria, E. coli, Enterococci.
  • 1 x 1L of the test material for the enumeration of Clostridium perfringens.
  • 1 x 1L of the test material for the enumeration of Staphylococcus aureus.
  • 1 x 1L of the test material for the enumeration of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.
  • 10 x 1L of the test material for the enumeration of Legionella pneumophila.
  • 10 x 1L of the test material for the enumeration of Legionella spp.

NOTE: All the details for the preparation of the final test sample are included in the Guide Lines provided with the test samples.

ADDITIONAL TEST SAMPLES: For costs and availability of additional test samples contact Qualitycheck (e-mail sales@qualitychecksrl.com)

ANALYSIS:

The analysis must be performed following the analytical procedure prescribed by the reference method (or equivalent method) required for each measurand, except for Enumeration of Coagulase Positive Staphylococci for which the participants are free to choose a suitable method according to their internal procedures (methods used for the routine samples in the laboratory).

For each measurand shall be reported one result.

ADDITIONAL RESULTS: Each participant can submit up to 5 results* for the same analyte, thus obtaining an evaluation of laboratory performance for different operators, instruments, etc. (e.g. operator 1/operator 2, instrument A/instrument B, etc..).

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    Download and complete the Application Form, selecting for each matrix, the measurands and the period in which you want to participate. Send it by email (sales@qualitychecksrl.com) or by FAX (0039 0656562874).

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    *: Only one result submitted by the laboratory will be included in the statistical treatment of data for the calculation of the Assigned Value and statistics of data of the analyte, to avoid that a single laboratory has a different statistical weight, depending on the number of its submitted results. The additional results are evaluated by assigning z-score values, using the Assigned Value and the Standard Deviation for Proficiency Assessment obtained from statistical treatment.

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