Intercomparison 1731: pH, Conductivity, Alkalinity, NO3-N, Cl, SO4, Ca, Mg, Na, K, TOC, Al, Fe, Mn, Cd, Pb, Cu, Ni, and Zn
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88 laboratories were invited to participate in the current intercomparison. Of these, 38 from 21 different countries accepted the invitation and all of them submitted results to the Organization. Two sample sets were prepared: one for the determination of major ions and one for heavy metals. Based on the general target accuracy of 20% or the special accuracy limit for pH and conductivity (0.2 pH units and 10% respectively), 76% of the overall results were considered acceptable. This is in line with previous editions. The best results were reported for the analytical variables: sulphate, magnesium, manganese, cadmium, copper, nickel and zinc with acceptance rate of 90% or higher. For pH, 53 % of the reported results fulfilled the acceptance criteria. Harmonization of the analytical methods used and of the practical procedures followed, may be the most important way to improve the comparability for these parameters.
PublisherNorsk institutt for vannforskning
ICP Waters report;134/2017