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Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 105–108 | Cite as

‘Verification’ versus ‘validation’: a terminological comparison

  • René DybkaerEmail author
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Abstract

The present diversity in the definitions and relations of ‘verification’ and ‘validation’ is impractical for such transdisciplinary concepts. General dictionaries, international special language vocabularies and minor lists show that the respective recent formulations by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM) are the most quoted. The characteristics of these concepts are elucidated terminologically, and separate concept systems are made for ISO and JCGM to arrive at a preference for a generic rather than an associative relation.

Keywords

Characteristic Concept system Terminology work Validation Verification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Standardization in Laboratory Medicine, REGION H Frederiksberg HospitalCopenhagen University HospitalFrederiksbergDenmark

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