Draft radioanalytical water and soil performance testing: Uncertainty acceptance criteria derived from historical mixed-analyte performance evaluation program results

  • K. G. W. Inn
  • J. J. Filliben
  • J. Dahlgran
QA/AC and Radiological Emergency Response Measurements


Radioanalytical performance testing programs provide radioassay laboratories, regulators and the public performance-based evidence that measurement capabilities are in control. Performance acceptance criteria that combine aspects of measurements difference from a known value and the associated combined uncertainty establishes a quantitative statement of statistical confidence. However, there is need for a reasonable upper limit of the reported measurement uncertainty. Evaluation of thousands of historical U.S. DOE Mixed-Analyte Performance Evaluation Program measurement results for 17 radionuclides in soil and water samples provides predictive expectations for future measurement results and a statistical basis for establishing reasonable upper limits for reported measurement uncertainties for performance evaluation programs.


Radionuclide Performance Testing Acceptance Criterion American National Standard Institute Environmental Science Laboratory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyGaithersburgUSA
  2. 2.Radiological Environmental and Sciences LaboratoryIdaho FallsUSA

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