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Title: Data Qualifiers: How Do You Qualify Your Data? Use and Application of Data Qualifiers According to Chapter 62-160, F.A.C.

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Data Qualifiers How Do You Qualify Your
Data? Use and Application of Data Qualifiers
According to Chapter 62-160, F.A.C.
• Betsy Kent
• Reedy Creek Improvement District, Lake Buena
Vista, Florida

2
Precision
• The sample and the duplicate values are gt LOD and
lt LOQ and qualified as lt LOQ.
• The RPD for these values is gt UCL.
• Do you qualify the data for precision failure?
• Do you use the RPD in the statistical calculation
of limits?

3
Precision
• The sample value is slightly greater than the LOQ
and the duplicate value is between the LOD and
LOQ.
• The RPD for these values is gt UCL.
• Do you qualify the data?
• Do you use the RPD in the statistical calculation
of limits?

4
Precision
• The sample value is between the LOD and LOQ and
qualified as such. The duplicate value is lt LOD
(ND).
• Do you calculate a RPD?
• If yes, what value do you use for the non-detect?
• Do you qualify the data?
• If calculated, do you use the RPD in the
statistical calculation of limits?

5
Precision
• The LOD is 1.0 ppm.
• The LOQ is 4.0 ppm.
• The sample value is 4.0 ppm
• The duplicate value is 4.9 ppm
• The RPD UCL is 20.0.
• The RPD for these values is 20.2.
• Do you qualify the Data?

6
Precision
• Does your laboratory have a documented procedure
to use a factor to determine when to evaluate
data for precision?
• Example If concentrations lt 5x LOD then RPD is
NA.
• Is this procedure acceptable under the NELAC 2003
Standard? FDEP 62-160?

7
Precision NELAC 2003 Standard
• D.1.1.3.2
• a) Purpose matrix duplicates are defined as
replicate aliquots of the same sample taken
through the entire analytical procedure. The
results from this analysis indicate the precision
of the results from the specific sample using the
selected method. The matrix duplicate provides a
usable measure of precision only when target
analytes are found in the sample chosen for
duplication.

8
Precision NELAC 2003 Standard
• D.1.1.3.2
• d) Evaluation Criteria and Corrective Action
The results from matrix duplicates are primarily
designed to assess the precision of analytical
results in a given matrix and are expressed as
relative percent difference (RPD) or other
statistical treatment (e.g., absolute
differences). The laboratory shall document the
calculation for relative percent difference or
other statistical treatments.

9
Precision NELAC 2003 Standard
• D.1.1.3.2
• d cont.) Results are compared to the acceptance
criteria as published in the mandated test
method. Where there are no established
criteria, the laboratory shall determine
internal criteria and document the method used to
establish the limits. For matrix duplicate
results outside established criteria corrective
actions shall be documented or the data reported
with appropriate data qualifying codes.

10
Accuracy
• The MS is within R control limits.
• The MSD is outside R control limits.
• The MS/MSD RPD is within RPD control limits.
• Do you qualify the data for accuracy failure?

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Accuracy NELAC 2003 Standard
• Program Policy and Structure - Appendix A -
Glossary (Effective July 1, 2005)
• Matrix Spike Duplicate (spiked sample or
fortified sample duplicate) a second replicate
matrix spike prepared in the laboratory and
analyzed to obtain a measure of the precision of
the recovery of each analyte. (QAMS)

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Accuracy
• The MS and MSD are outside R control limits.
• The LCS and all associated method QC is within
control limits.
• Do you qualify the data for accuracy failure
citing suspect matrix interference? How do you
determine that matrix interference was the cause?

13
Accuracy
• The Rs for MS and MSD are lt LCL.
• The data is qualified for accuracy failure.
• Do you include information of low bias recovery
on the data report?
• The Rs for MS and MSD are gt UCL.
• The data is qualified for accuracy failure.
• Do you include information of high bias recovery
on the data report?

14
Accuracy
• EPA 8260 Analyze sample with 4 surrogate
standards
• 1 out of 4 surrogates is outside R limits.
• Do you qualify data results?
• All compounds? Sub-set of compounds?
• Do you include information on bias on the
data report?

15
Accuracy
• EPA 8270 Analyze sample with 3 BN and 3 Acid
surrogate standards
• 1 out of 3 BN surrogates is outside R limits.
• Do you qualify data results?
All compounds? All BN compounds? Sub-set BN
compounds?
• Do you include information on bias on the
data report?

16
Data Reports Where Do You Place the PA
Qualifiers?
• On the Data Report with the sample
value?
• On the Quality Control Report with the
RPD and/or R?
• In the Case Narrative?