A two-day international conference and workshop that will look at the situation of decision-making is set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 25-26 May 2010.
The event will look at the situation of decision-making from the side of the laboratories, from the side of those setting the limits to which conformance/non-conformance has to be decided, and from the side of those who are finally going to make the decisions.
Analytical results are meant as giving the basis for making the right decision in a vast number of circumstances in our society, mostly judging on whether a given product is in compliance with already stated limits or whether tests can give significant basis for deciding on which step to take next.
This process of using analytical results for decisions is handled differently in many cases, not least when the measurement uncertainty has to be taken into account, both from the side of those stating the limits and from those making the decisions.
The conference agenda will include subjects such as: the role of analytical laboratories in the 21st century; how the EU Legal Framework counts on the analytical laboratories in market surveillance; the significance of decision making and how analytical results can - and must - be understood as the basis for making decisions; and the principles of setting specifications and regulatory limits taking the not-infallible nature of analytical results.
In addition the event will consider: the process of decision-making and the risks related to using analytical results as the basis for decisions; and examples of the importance of making the right decision based on analytical results in various situations.
The conference is aimed at all those dealing with, and interested in the quality of analytical results, for example analytical chemists, laboratory managers, scientists, authorities and decision-makers.