IDF STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS AND AUTOMATION

SCSA

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Activities

  • Regulatory matters – items directly related to Codex Alimentarius
  • Development of standards for the statistical evaluation of analytical methods (physical, chemical or microbiological methods),
  • Sampling and sample preparation of milk and milk products,
  • Provision of regularly updated information on reference materials,
  • Development of practical and clear guidelines for proficiency testing and similar quality assurance measures for laboratories,
  • Automated methods of analysis, including routine analysis in quantitative microbiology,
  • IDF/ICAR Project Group on Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting
Objectives

  • To develop standards for the statistical evaluation of analytical methods be they physical, chemical or microbiological; these standards cover the organization of interlaboratory studies and the statistical evaluation of the results obtained from these studies;
  • To sample and prepare samples of milk and milk products in international standards with the aim of achieving a representative and homogenous sample for analysis and to assure that real life samples are treated in such a way that critical differences based on validation data of standard methods can be applied for the estimation of the uncertainty of results of such samples;
  • To provide regularly updated information on reference materials;
  • To develop practical and clear guidelines for proficiency testing and similar quality assurance measures for laboratories;
  • To monitor and work with other International organizations and advise ISO of any implications related to quality assurance, statistics and sampling;
Documents, factsheets, articles...

On-going project: IDF/ICAR Project Group on Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting
Global markets with expanding streams of exported/imported goods involve a focused attention on equivalence of analytical results. Indeed, analytical results play a major role in free and fair trade. Apparently, independent local calibration cannot always fulfil the rising demands for worldwide equivalence of analytical results. It occurs that worldwide equivalence of analytical results cannot be safeguarded by “solely” producing standardized analytical methods.
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