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The American Proficiency Institute is the most innovativeand widely accepted proficiency testing program available.1159 Business Park DriveTraverse City, Michigan 49686email: [email protected]U.S. and Canada855.366.3781International(001) 231.668.9700S201 v07
APIThe world’s choice for proficiency testing.ISO ACCREDITED PROFICIENCY TESTING PROVIDER*
Table of Contents*By A2LA to ISO/IEC 17043; certificate #3094.01What is Proficiency Testing?API FeaturesMicrobiology ProgramsNew Water Microbiology ProgramChemistry ProgramsEnrollment Information3581011131855.366.3781 or (001) 231.668.9700
PROFICIENCY TESTING FROM API: YOURANSWER TO THE GROWING QUESTIONSREGARDING FOOD SAFETY.Product quality and safety are issues of great concern to the food industry.Laboratory testing, used as a tool to monitor quality and safety, plays animportant role in a company’s quality assurance program. But how do youmonitor the quality of your laboratory’s results?Laboratory results are very dependent on such variables as the method used,equipment, procedures, and the skills and training of the analyst. Proficiencytesting provides a documented, independent assessment of a laboratory’sability to produce accurate results.American Proficiency Institute, a leader in medical laboratory proficiencytesting, also offers a proficiency program that meets the unique needsof the food industry. It has been developed in conjunction with food industryleaders and meets the laboratory requirements for PT found in ISO/IEC 17025.Successful performance in an external proficiency testing program isa key indicator of high laboratory quality and an integral component oflaboratory accreditation.2855.366.3781 or (001) 231.668.9700
WHY ENROLL IN A PROFICIENCYTESTING PROGRAM?• Compare your laboratory’s results to those of others performing the same test• Demonstrate and identify performance trends• Monitor test performance across all of your company’s testing sites• Replace internal check sample programs• Provide additional confidence in your laboratory’s results• Fulfill accreditation requirements• Manage risk through early warning of potential problems• Educate and train staff• Check the reasonableness of the laboratory’s measurement uncertaintyWHAT IS PROFICIENCY TESTING?Proficiency testing (PT) is a type of external quality control to measure a laboratory’s accuracy. The practice of testingunknown samples from an outside source provides an additional means to assure quality laboratory testing results.One of the most common designs for a PT scheme is for the proficiency provider to designate a few dates throughoutthe year when it will send test samples to all subscribers at the same time.The samples, whose expected values are unknown to the subscribers, are run by the lab staff who return their results tothe proficiency provider.

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