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Title: Measurement quality assurance for radioassay laboratories

Until recently, the quality of U.S. radioassay laboratory services has been evaluated by a limited number of governmental measurement assurance programs (MAPs). The major programs have been limited to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In 1988, an industry MAP was established for the nuclear power utility industry through the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness/National Institute of Standards and Technology (USCEA/NIST). This program functions as both a MAP for utility laboratories and/or their commercial contractor laboratories, and as a traceability program for the U.S. radioactive source manufacturers and the utility laboratories. Each of these generic MAPs has been initiated and is maintained to serve the specific needs of the sponsoring agency or organization. As a result, there is diversification in their approach, scope, requirements, and degree of traceability to NIST. In 1987, a writing committee was formed under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N42.2 committee to develop a standard to serve as the basis document for the creation of a national measurement quality assurance (MQA) program for radioassay laboratories in the U.S. The standard is entitled, {open_quotes}Measurement Quality Assurance For Radioassay Laboratories.{open_quotes} The document was developedmore » to serve as a guide for MQA programs maintained for the specialized sectors of the radioassay community, such as bioassay, routine environmental monitoring, environmental restoration and waste management, radiopharmaceuticals, and nuclear facilities. It was the intent of the writing committee to develop a guidance document that could be utilized to establish a laboratory`s specific data quality objectives (DQOs) that govern the operational requirements of the radioassay process, including mandated protocols and recommendations.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Yankee Atomic Environmental Laboratory, Boston, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
250225
Report Number(s):
PNL-10076; CONF-9303220-
ON: DE96008816; TRN: 96:002617-0015
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Workshop on measurement quality assurance for ionizing radiation, Gaithersburg, MD (United States), 16-18 Mar 1993; Other Information: PBD: [1993]; Related Information: Is Part Of Workshop on measurement quality assurance for ionizing radiation: Proceedings; Heath, J.A.; Swinth, K.L. [comps.]; PB: 468 p.
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
44 INSTRUMENTATION, INCLUDING NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE DETECTORS; RADIOASSAY; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; QUALITY ASSURANCE; CALIBRATION; BIOASSAY; MEASURING METHODS