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SIST ENV ISO 13530:2000
First edition
Guide to analytical quality
Water quality -
control for water analysis
Guide de contr6le qua/it& analytique pour I’analyse de
Qua/it6 de I’eau -
I’ea u
Reference number
ISOnR 13530:1997(E)
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Contents Page


1 Scope 1

2 Normative references .......................................................................... 3

3 The nature and sources of analytical errors ....................................... 3

4 The quality system in water analysis .................................................. 6

5 Performance characteristics of analytical systems ............................. 15

6 Specifying analytical requirements for water analysis ........................ 17

7 Choosing analytical systems .............................................................. 19

Initial tests to establish performance of analytical system .................. 24

9 Intralaboratory quality control ............................................................. 33

10 Quality control in sampling 42

11 Interlaboratory quality control ............................................................. 44

Quality control for lengthy analytical procedures ................................

12 46
Evaluation of interference effects on analytical methods .................... 48

B Recovery of all forms of the determinand ............................................ 56

C Cali bration and blank correction 58

D ...................................................................................

Sample stability 63

E Bibliography ........................................................................................ 70

0 IS0 1997

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ISO/TR 13530, which is a Technical Report of type 2, was prepared by
Technical Committee ISOnC 147, Water quality, Subcommittee SC 7,
Precision and accuracy.
This document is being issued in the Technical Report (type 2) series of
publications (according to subclause G.6.2.2 of part 1 of the ISO/IEC
Directives, 1995) as a “prospective standard for provisional application” in
the field of water quality because there is an urgent need for guidance on
how standards in this field should be used to meet an identified need.
This document is not to be regarded as an “International Standard”. It is
proposed for provisional application so that information and experience of
its use in practice may be gathered. Comments on the content of this
document should be sent to the IS0 Central Secretariat.
A review of this Technical Report (type 2) will be carried out not later than
three years after its publication with the options of: extension for another
three years; conversion into an International Standard; or withdrawal.
Annexes A to E of this Technical Report are for information only.
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Guide to analytical quality control for water
Water quality -
1 Scope

This Technical Report (type 2) is a guide with the objective of providing detailed and comprehensive

guidance on a coordinated programme of within-laboratory and between-laboratory quality control for

ensuring the achievement of results of adequate and specified accuracy in the analysis of waters and

associated materials.

This Technical Report and its annexes are applicable to the chemical and physicochemical analysis of

natural waters (including sea water), waste water, raw water intended for the production of potable

water, and potable water. It is not intended for application to the analysis of sludges and sediments

(although many of its general principles are applicable to such analysis) and it does not address the

biological or microbiological examination of water. Whilst sampling is an important aspect, this is only

briefly considered. I

Analytical quality control as described in this Technical Report is intended for application to water

analysis carried out within a quality assurance programme. This Technical Report does not address the

detailed requirements of quality assurance for water analysis.

The recommendations of this Technical Report are in agreement with the recommendations of

established quality assurance documentation (for example IS0 Guide 25 and EN 45001). A discussion of

quality systems in water analysis is provided in clause 4 to set in context the recommendations on

quality control.

This Technical Report is applicable to the use of all analytical methods within its field of application,

although its detailed recommendations may require interpretation and adaptation to deal with certain

types of determinand (for example non-specific determinands such as suspended solids or biochemical

oxygen demand). In the event of any disparity between the recommendations of this Technical Report

and the requirements of a standard method of analysis, the requirements of the method should prevail.

The basis of the Technical Report is to ensure the achievement of results of adequate accuracy by

adherence to the sequential stages of analytical quality control shown in figure 1.

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To plan and coordinate subsequent activity.
Establish working
Define analytical To ensure clear specification of analytical require-
. .
To select methods/systems capable of the required 2 ”
Choose analytical
1 methods/systems 1) accuracy.
4. To ensure that the chosen methods are followed
Ensure unambiguous
description of methods properly.
5. Estimate To ensure that each laboratory achi.eves adequate
within-laboratory precision and to check certain sources of bias.
precision and spiking
Ensure accuracy of To etiminate this source of bias in each t’aboratolry
standard solutions. and to prepare fuE& more detailed bias checks.
Preliminary check on
interla boratory bias
Set up quality control
To maintain, a continuing check on analytical perfor-
* charts mance in each laboratory.
Undertake tests of To ensure that each laboratory achieves adequately
interlaboratory checks
small errors.
To ensure long-term control of the accuracy and-
accuracy using control
comparability of analytical results.
’ charts and regular
interlaboratory tests
Figure 1: Sequence of activity for analytical quality control

1) The analytical method is the set of written instructions followed by the analyst. The analytical system includes all

aspects of producing results, i.e. method, equipment, analyst, laboratory environment, etc.

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2 Normative references

The following standards contain provisions which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions

of this Technical Report. At the time of publication, the edition indicated was valid. All standards are

subject to revision, and parties to agreements based on this Technical Report are encouraged to

investigate the possibility of applying the most recent editions of the standards indicated below.

Members of IEC and IS0 maintain registers of currently valid International Standards.

IS0 5667-l : 1980, Water quality - Sampling - Part 7: Guidance on the design of sampling programmes

IS0 5667-2:1991, Water quality - Sampling - Part 2: Guidance onsampling techniques

IS0 5667-3:1994, Water qualify - Sampling - Part 3: Guidance on the preservation and handling of


IS0 8466-l: 1990, Water quality - Calibration and evaluation of analytical methods and estimation of

performance characteristics - Part 7: Statistical evaluation of the linear calibration function

IS0 8466-2:1993, Water quality - Calibration and evaluation of analytical methods and estimation of

performance characteristics - Part 2: Calibration strategy for non-linear second order ,calibration

IS0 Guide 25: 1990, General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories

. EN 45001:1989, General criteria for the operation of testing laboratories
3 The nature and sources of analytical errors
3.1 General

The following clauses provide a succinct discussion of the nature and origin of errors in analytical

results for waters and effluents. Further information on many of the topics covered is given elsewhere

in this Technical Report, and the subject is also discussed extensively in.[18].
3.2 Nature of errors

The results of chemical analysis of waters and effluents (like those of all measurement processes) are

subject to error, i.e. the measured concentrations differ from the true concentrations.

3.2.1 Total error

The total error, E, of an analytical result, R, is defined as the difference between that result and the true

value, T; i.e.
E= R-T
As the total error decreases, the accuracy of the result is said to increase.

In general, the total error represents the sum of random error and systematic error.

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3.2.2 Random error

Repeated analysis of identical portions of the same, homogeneous sample does not, in general, lead to

a series of identical resultsz). Rather, the results are scattered about some central value. The scatter is

attributed to random error, so called because the sign and magnitude of the error of any particular

result vary at random and cannot be predicted exactly. Precision is said to improve as the scatter

becomes smaller - i.e. as random error decreases - and imprecision is therefore a synonym for random


Because random errors are always present in analytical results, statistical techniques are necessary if

correct inferences regarding true values are to be made from the results.

Terms such as “repeatability” and “reproducibilty” have specialized meanings in the context of

interlaboratory collaborative trials. In this Technical Report, random error is quantified in terms of the

standard deviation, cx Since exact measurement of the standard deviation generally requires an infinite

number of repeated results, only estimates, s, of owill usually be obtainable.. The number of degrees of

freedom (DF) of the estimate provides an indication of its worth; as the number of degrees of freedom

increases, the random error of the estimate itself, s, decreases.
3.2.3 Systematic error

Systematic error (or bias) is present when there is a persistent tendency for results to be greater, or

smaller, than the true value. The mean of n analytical results for identical portions of a stable, homoge-

neous sample approaches a definite, limiting value, p, as n is increased indefinitely. When p differs

from the true value, T, results are said to be subject to systematic error or bias, 8, where:


Because an indefinitely large number of determinations cannot be made on a single sample, the effect

of random error prevents exact determination of p, and hence also of 8. Only an estimate, X, of p will

generally be available, so that only an estimate, b, of /3 can be obtained.

As the systematic error or bias of results decreases, trueness is said to increase.

3.3 Sources of error

The distinction between random and systematic errors is important for two reasons: first, because they

have different effects on the use to be made of analytical results, and second, because they usually

have different origins.
Causes of random error

Random errors arise from uncontrolled variations in the conditions of the analytical system 3) during

different analyses. The nature of such variations include, for example, differences in the volume of

sample or reagent taken on different occasions, fluctuations in temperature - either in time, or across

the different sample positions in a heating bath, block or oven, fluctuations in instrumental conditions

(for example in temperatures, fluid flowrates, voltages and wavelengths) and operator-induced

variations in reading scales. Variations from batch to batch, in the extent to which the calibration

function represents the true calibration for that batch, also give rise to between-batch random errors,

whereas a consistent calibration error across many batches gives rise to systematic error - see below.

This may not be true when the discrimination of the analytical system is coarse. However, the apparent perfect

concordance of repeated results in such a situation is illusory, because samples differing in concentration will also

give the same results.
The analytical system is the combination
of all factors - analyst, equipment, method, reagents, etc. involved in
producing analytical results from samples.
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Whilst many of these factors causing random errors can be more closely controlled to achieve better

precision, they can never be totally eliminated, so that all results are subject to some-degree of random

3.3.2 Causes of systematic error

There are five general sources of systematic error (if clear blunders by the analyst in carrying out the

written method, and bias introduced by the sample collection itself are both excluded). .

These are:
Instability of samples between sample collection and analysis

This is a potentially important source of error in many cases, and evidence should

always be obtained - either from the literature or by direct test - to ensure that

unacceptable bias is not introduced by this factor. Effective sample stabilization

procedures are available for many determinands, but they should be compatible with

the analytical system being employed, and with the particular sample type being
Inability to determine all relevant forms of the determinand

Many substances exist in water in a variety of physical and/or chemical forms (or

“species”). For example, iron can exist in both dissolved and particulate forms, and

within each of those physical categories a variety of chemical species may be present -

for example free ions and complexes, including those of different oxidation states, in

the dissolved phase. An inability of the analytical system to determine some of the

forms of interest will give rise to a bias when those forms are present in samples.

Some determinands are overall properties of a sample, rather than a particular
substance - for example biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). Such determinands are

called “non-specific” and have to be carefully defined by specifying the use of a

particular analytical method. The so-called “dissolved’ fractions of, for example trace

metals, are also non-specific in the sense that the type and pore-size of filter toe be used

in their determination should be clearly specified.
Few analytical methods are completely specific for the determinand. Response to

another substance (for example, response to iron by a spectrophotometric procedure

for manganese based on formaldoxime) will give rise to biased results

substance is present in samples, and it is important that the effects of all such

intetferents likely to be present in samples are known before a new method is applied


In some cases, the effect of another substance is to alter the chemical state of the

determinand such that it is not measured by the method being used - for example, the

presence of fluoride will cause aluminium complexes to form, which may not be
measured by an ion-selective electrode. Such an effect can be regarded as an

interference upon the determination of total dissolved aluminium, or as a failure to

recover all forms of dissolved aluminium. Although it more strictly falls into the latter

category, the effect - and others like it - may be most conveniently treated as an

interference when data on performance characteristics are being obtained or reported

(see clause 5 and annex A).
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Biased calibration

Most methods require the use of a calibration function (explicit or implicit) to convert

the primary analytical response for a sample to the corresponding determinand

concentration. If the samples and calibration standards are treated in exactly the same

manner (and provided that the materials used to prepare the calibration standards are

of adequate purity) no systematic error should arise from the calibration” (It has been

noted in 3.3.1 that any variations in the correctness of the calibration from batch to

batch will be manifested as between-batch random errors).
If, however, samples and calibration standards are treated differently, this can
represent a p.otentially serious source of error. Thus, for example, a method
prescribin.g some form of pre-concentration of the determinand from samples, but

employing direct calibration with standa$rds not taken through the pre-concentration

step, will give rise to negative bias if the’ pre-concentration recovery is less than 100 %.

In such cases, evidence should be obtained on the accuracy of the prescribed
calibration, or the difference in treatment of samples and standards eliminated.

Impurity of the material used to prepare calibration standards is, of course, another

potential cause of biased results.
Biased blank

The same considerations as in d] above appb to b&~~+ks, There isE, Hoover, another

source of bias arising f&m bllank correction, !f the water used for the bEank c.ontaEns the

determinand, results for samples wiEB be biased I&M by a,n equi&&nt an~unt W&SS a

correction for the determinand content of the blank water is a.pplied, ldealLy~ howe~er,~ a

source of blank water should be obtained, su.ck that, the: determinand emtent is
negligible in comparison with the concentration in s;~mpIes..
4 The quality system in water analysis
4.1 General

The quality system is the term used to describe the aspects which are intended to meet the clients’

requirements. The control of analytical errors, usually termed analytical quality control (AQC) is an

important component of the quality system. This clause summarizes the key issues which should be

addressed in designing a quality system.

For more detail and an authoritative account of quality assurance, readers should consult the standards

listed in clause 2, together with documentation provided by the various national accreditation bodies.

4.2 Quality system
4.2.1 .Aims and form of quality system

The laboratory should operate a quality system appropriate to the type, range, precision and volume of

tests that it undertakes. The quality system should be such as to ensure that the requirements of this

Technical Report are fully met on a continuing basis. All staff should be made fully aware of, and be

required to comply with, the documented quality system.

The ‘laboratory should possess a statement of the aims and general form of the laboratory’s quality

system, including the purpose of the quality manual and associated documentation.

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4.2.2 Quality manual

The quality system should be formalized in a quality manual which should be maintained and kept up-


The person responsible for authorization and compilation of the quality manual should be identified. A

distribution list of the quality manual and identification of holders of controlled copies of the quality

manual should be included.

The quality manual should contain, for example the following items or equivalent:

1 Scope.
2 References.
3 Definitions.
4 Organization and management.
5 Quality system, audit and review.
7 Accommodation and environment.
Equipment and reference material.
9 Measurement, traceability and calibration.
10 Test methods.
Handling of calibration and test items.
Certificates and reports.
14 Subcontracting of calibration or testing.
Outside support services and supplies.
16 Complaints.
4.2.3 Quality management

The quality system should include a statement of the responsibilities and authority of the technical

manager and quality manager, and any appointed deputies.

The quality system should include a statement of the general arrangements for implementing each of

the quality manager’s and deputy’s responsibilities and the specific procedures for implementing these

responsibilities, or identification of laboratory documents containing such procedures.

4.2.4 Documentation

The quality system should include a statement of the quality manager’s responsibility in relation to

control and maintenance of documentation, including the quality manual, and of the specific

procedures for control, distribution, amendment, updating, retrieval, review and approval of all

documentation relating to the testing work of the laboratory.
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It should be made clear that laboratory staff should have ready access to all documentation, including

the quality manual test procedures, and all relevant standard specifications.

There should be an instruction forbidding alteration of laboratory documentation, except under

Instructions should also require adherence by all staff to the
conditions specified by management.

laboratory’s laid-down policies and procedures, except under clearly specified conditions.

The instruction should indicate clearly the circumstances under which departures from documented

policies and procedures or standard specifications are permitted. It should also indicate that departures

should be endorsed by management and their justification included in relevant records.

The quality system should include a statement of the specific procedures for dealing with situations

where staff have not followed documented policies, procedures and standard specifications as

4.3 Quality policy
4.3.1 Management statement

The quality system should include a statement by senior management of the policy of the laboratory as

regards quality in all aspects of its work.
4.3.2 Quality systems

The quality system should include a statement of the intentions of the laboratory management

relation to q uality of service.

The quality system should include a statement that it is the responsibility of all staff to familiarize

themselves with the content of the quality manual and to comply with the policies and procedures laid

down in the quality manual and associated documentation.

These statements should be made on the authority of a senior executive, who has direct management

responsibility for the laboratory and who is at the highest level of management on which decisions are

taken on laboratory policy and resources. They should be authenticated by the signature, and legible

name and position, of the person concerned.
The policy statements should indicate:

- title of the person responsible for implementing the quality policy in the laboratory,

- title of the person having overall responsibility for control of quality and who advises on and monitors

all aspects of quality in the laboratory.
4.4 Organization and management
4.4.1 Organization

The quality system should include a statement to the identity and legal status of the laboratory

(including ownership and corporate position in relation to any parent organization or grouping of

companies) and a statement of the technical role of the laboratory (for example independent,

commercial, calibration/testing, or product quality control in support of a particular manufacturer).

A brief historical background should be included which is relevant to the standing of the laboratory,

together with a summary of the scope of operation and range of testing performed by the laboratory

and an inventory of tests performed by the laboratory.
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4.4.2 Organization charts
Organization charts should be used showing:
technical manager, quality manager, and any deputies;

general lines of responsibility within the laboratory (including the relationship between

management, technical operations, quality control and support services);
the lines of responsibility within individual sections of the laboratory;
the relationship between the laboratory and any parent or sister organizations.

The appropriate chart should show that, for matters related to quality, the quality manager has direct

access to the highest level of management at which decisions are taken on laboratory policy or

resources, and to the technical manager.
4.4.3 Management

Details of job descriptions, qualifications, training and experience should be provided for:

technical manager;
quality manager;
other key laboratory managerial and technical posts.
Job descriptions should include:
title of job and brief summary of function;
person or functions to whom jobholder reports;
person or functions that report to jobholder;
key tasks that jobholder performs in the laboratory;
limits of authority and responsibility.

Technical manager - the quality system should include a statement that the post-holder has overall

responsibility for the technical operation of the laboratory and for ensuring that the quality system

requirements are met.

Quality manager - the quality system should include a statement that the post-holder has responsibility

for ensuring that the requirements for the quality system are met on a day-to-day basis and that the

post-holder has direct access to the highest level of manag

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