The Competency of Analysts is a Key Component of Reliable Data

Ensuring Reliable Data
Oral Presentation

Prepared by J. Jensen
KC Water, 2 NE 32nd Ave, Kansas City, MO, 64116, United States

Contact Information: [email protected]; 620-960-4327


The competency of individuals directly involved in analyses can be a significant factor in whether or not the end user of the data has confidence in the reported results. While the Demonstration of Capability required by the TNI standard provides some documented evidence of competency, it is not sufficient. The end user of the data must have evidence that the analyst possesses basic laboratory skills, such as the correct use of an analytical balance, knows the quality control activities required for each method and how to assess the QC results, knows how to correctly integrate chromatographic peaks, and knows how to operate the instrument correctly. This presentation will review how laboratory management and laboratory assessors can objectively evaluate the competency of an analyst.