Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 10, Issue 9, pp 485–493 | Cite as

A simplified approach to the estimation of analytical measurement uncertainty

General Paper


The present study summarizes the measurement uncertainty estimations carried out in Nestlé Research Center since 2002. These estimations cover a wide range of analyses of commercial and regulatory interests. In a first part, this study shows that method validation data (repeatability, trueness and intermediate reproducibility) can be used to provide a good estimation of measurement uncertainty.

In a second part, measurement uncertainty is compared to collaborative trials data. These data can be used for measurement uncertainty estimation as far as the in-house validation performances are comparable to the method validation performances obtained in the collaborative trial.

Based on these two main observations, the aim of this study is to easily estimate the measurement uncertainty using validation data.


Uncertainty Reproducibility Repeatability Trueness Statistics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nestlé Research CenterVers-chez-les-blancLausanneSwitzerland

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