Proficiency Testing Programme

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The Measurement Standards Laboratory runs a Proficiency Testing Programme.

What is Proficiency Testing

Proficiency Testing assesses a laboratory’s performance at carrying out a specific test or measurement. So, regular Proficiency Testing provides evidence of the quality of a laboratory’s test and measurement capabilities. Participation in Proficiency Testing exercises is usually required by accreditation bodies.

By participating in a Proficiency Testing exercise, a laboratory:

  • obtains evidence of the performance of their measurement capabilities, which may help to support their accreditation and give clients confidence in the quality of results;
  • can potentially identify problems with their measurement procedures, so that remedial action can be taken.

In a Proficiency Testing exercise, one or more artefacts (e.g., a ring gauge or a set of gauge blocks) are sent to a laboratory with instructions on what is to be measured. The laboratory must perform the measurements according to their usual procedures and submit the results to the Proficiency Testing coordinator.

Proficiency Testing exercises usually provide several laboratories with an opportunity to participate. This imposes time constraints. So, a laboratory must make their measurements and report results within a strict time frame. When all laboratories have submitted results, the coordinator will analyse this information and prepare an anonymised report on the performance of each laboratory in the exercise. The confidentiality of participating laboratories is strictly managed, and the final report will only be issued to participants in the exercise.

How to participate

Registration has opened for the first three Proficiency Testing exercises in new Proficiency Testing programme offered by MSL. We invite interested laboratories to click through now to the relevant page in the schedule below to find more information and a link to register.

MSL has secured funding from an external partner to provide this programme at a greatly reduced cost until 2022, when we expect the cost of participation will increase to fully fund programme delivery. In order to participate, an administration fee of $499 (incl. GST) must be paid by credit card during registration. This fee supports the cost of shipping and handling artefacts, and the collection, analysis and reporting of results.

Once registered, the contact person of the participating laboratory will receive an email from MSL confirming participation, the booking date, instructions on the tests required (as listed in the Proficiency Testing Protocol Document) and desired timeframes.

Please note: Participation is restricted to New Zealand laboratories only.  Please contact your country's National Metrology Institute for information about proficiency tests available in your country.

Schedule

Below are the Proficiency Testing exercises (PTs) we are running, in chronological order.  The first three are open for registration so you can click on each title to find out more information about the exercise or click on Register Now to go straight to our registration page.

Proficiency Testing exercise Tentative Start Date  
Hand-held radiation thermometer March 2019 Registrations closed
Piston Pipettes March 2019 Registrations closed
Relative humidity hygrometer May 2019 Registrations closed
Digital voltmeter August 2019  Register Now
Current transformer Now 2021 Postponed
Benchtop spectrophotometer September 2019  Register Now
Backflow preventer test kit  December 2019  
Dial Gauges & Micrometres  March 2020  
Balance Calibrations September 2020  
Coming in 2021/2022    
Current transformer    
Torques wrenches    
Torque transducers    
Watt hour meter    
Good-quality direct reading PRT