The quality and reproducibility of analytical methods are of prime importance to manufacturers, regulatory agencies, industries, health-care professionals and consumers. The reliability of chemical analysis processes and subsequent performance of materials directly relates to a company's bottom line or to the development and implementation of regulations and policies. This data analysis and information management assignment will provide your company with an opportunity to explore an analytical method for a chemical analysis of your choosing as well as to introduce you to a variety of professional organizations that design, validate, compile, and/or publish analytical methods.
As a company think about chemical classes or specific chemicals you may have read something about that relate to food, drug, health or environmental analysis. Narrow your focus to a specific chemical and use the on-line resources to find an analytical method targeting your chemical of interest. You are not looking for a journal article, but an extensively developed and tested method routinely employed for a given analysis. Once you have identified a method for your chemical of interest, perform the following steps.
The organizations listed below develop, validate, compile and/or publish analytical methods related to a myriad of chemical systems. The easiest methods to find on-line are those published by government agencies, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Others, such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or the U.S. Geological Survey are a little more challenging to find, but available none-the-less. Methods related to prescription drugs and some nutritional supplements are published by the United States Pharmacopeia; however, the college does not have a subscription to this resource. Other on-line resources are undergoing rapid development, such as the e-CAM site of AOAC International. Do your best to find a method about a chemical system of interest. You might need to change your plans if your search does not reveal many hits.
AOAC International (Association
of Analytical Communities)
e-CAM Electronic Compilation of Analytical Methods
ASTM International (Society of Testing and Materials)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
USP (United States Pharmacopeia)
U.S. EPA (United States Enivornmental Protection Agency)
Index to EPA test methods
Water Science analytical methods
SW-846 Solid Waste Physical/Chemical Methods
U.S. FDA (United States Food & Drug Administration)
Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (Pesticides, Metals, Chemicals and Natural Toxins)
U.S.G.S. (United States Geological Survey)
search for "Methods of Analysis"
WAMA (World Anti-Doping Agency)