Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 59–64 | Cite as

Impact of Eurachem 25 years of activity

  • Bertil Magnusson
  • Stephen L. R. Ellison
  • Marina Patriarca
International Bodies


The aim of Eurachem was to provide a focus for analytical chemistry and quality-related issues in Europe. The main objectives are establishing a system for the international traceability of chemical measurement results and the promotion of good quality practices.

Measurement quality is about fulfilling analytical requirements, which should be based on the intended use of the results. The quality objectives of any analysis can be illustrated by the measurement cycle (Fig.  1). One could state that we have good quality when the client can take a correct decision on the basis of the analytical result, x ±  U.


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We wish to thank all those who in many different ways have contributed to the development of the Eurachem network, for their time and efforts and for sharing both their knowledge and their doubts with a wider community, thus making it possible for it to progress.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertil Magnusson
    • 1
  • Stephen L. R. Ellison
    • 2
  • Marina Patriarca
    • 3
  1. 1.SP Technical Research Institute of SwedenBoråsSweden
  2. 2.LGCMiddlesexUK
  3. 3.Istituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly

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