In Chapter 14 we discussed the process of developing a standard method, including optimizing the experimental procedure, verifying that the method produces acceptable precision and accuracy in the hands of a signal analyst, and validating the method for general use by the broader analytical community. Knowing that a method meets suitable standards is important if we are to have confidence in our results. Even so, using a standard method does not guarantee that the result of an analysis is acceptable. In this chapter we introduce the quality assurance procedures used in industry and government labs for monitoring routine chemical analyses.
Thumbnail: Examples of property control charts that show a sequence of results.