Stability Of Dithiocarbamates Proficiency Test Materials
It is understandable that laboratories will be concerned about proficiency test (PT) samples for dithiocarbamates which have been in transit for several days from the PT provider. Some PT samples arrive at the laboratory having completely thawed and having the appearance of a liquid.
Fapas® has been running dithiocarbamate PTs for several years now and the process and stability of the samples is well established. This paper aims to resolve any concerns that laboratories may have on the receipt of their PT samples for this analysis.
The benefits of taking part in international laboratory proficiency tests
This technical note describes the benefits to participant laboratories of taking part in international PTs and how to balance the cost and frequency with their national PT providers.
Laboratories carrying out analysis for export purposes can compare their performance in internationally recognised schemes and demonstrate competence in analysis if their results are challenged by analysis carried out in the receiving territory.
Customised (bespoke or closed) proficiency tests
Pros and cons of bespoke schemes in quality assurance for food or beverage manufacturers and third-party laboratory networks
This paper details how this may be achieved according to eight models that Fapas® has actually undertaken for key clients. The paper looks at the benefits of each model and the risks of not undertaking a bespoke test where it is needed.
Stability of fapas® proficiency test materials
A technical note for agents and participants
The stability of a PT material has evidence to define its stability. This is a requirement of ISO/IEC 17043, the international standard for proficiency testing providers..
Halal compliance for alcohol in beverages: a quantitative PT for low concentrations
In order to be Halal compliant, foods must contain less than 1% ethanol that has been produced by natural (aerobic) fermentation. However, the level is lower for beverages, which must contain less than 0.1% ethanol in order to be classed as Halal.
In the white paper, we describe the process of including quantitative measurement of alcohol at low concentrations in the Fapas® Halal compliance in beverages proficiency tests.